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    Author(s): Michael P. Curran; Douglas G. Maynard; Ronald L. Heninger; Thomas A. Terry; Steven W. Howes; Douglas M. Stone; Thomas Niemann; Richard E. Miller; Robert F. Powers
    Date: 2005
    Source: The Forestry Chronicle. 81(5): 717-722
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
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    Description

    Soil disturbance guidelines should be based on comparable disturbance categories adapted to specific local soil conditions, validated by monitoring and research. Guidelines, standards, and practices should be continually improved based on an adaptive management process, which is presented in this paper. Core components of this process include: reliable monitoring protocols for assessing and comparing soil disturbance for operations, certification and sustainability protocols; effective methods to predict the vulnerability of specific soils to disturbance and related mitigative measures; and, quantitative research to build a database that documents the practical consequences of soil disturbance for tree growth and soil functions.

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    Citation

    Curran, Michael P.; Maynard, Douglas G.; Heninger, Ronald L.; Terry, Thomas A.; Howes, Steven W.; Stone, Douglas M.; Niemann, Thomas; Miller, Richard E.; Powers, Robert F. 2005. An adaptive management process for forest soil conservation. The Forestry Chronicle. 81(5): 717-722

    Keywords

    soil disturbance, soil compaction, rutting, monitoring (implementation, effectiveness, and validation), criteria and indicators, Montreal Process

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