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Soil quality is fundamental to ensuring healthy forestsAuthor(s): D. Page-Dumroese; M. Jurgensen; D. Neary; M. Curran; C. Trettin
Source: In: Lee, D. C.; Beatty, J.; Shaw, C. G.; Pye, J. M.; Sands, Y., eds. Forest Environmental Threats. Forest Encyclopedia Network. Online: http://www.threats.forestencyclopedia.net/p/p3011.
Publication Series: Book Chapter
Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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DescriptionGovernment agencies, industrial landowners, and private landowners often strive to maintain soil quality after site management activities in order to maintain site productivity, hydrologic function, and ecosystem health. Soil disturbance resulting from timber harvesting, prescribed fire, or site preparation activities can cause declines, improvements, or have no effect on site productivity and hydrologic function. In many cases, detailed soil resource data can be used to determine the stress level and ecosystem health of stands and may be one method used to determine the risk of disease or insect outbreak.
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CitationPage-Dumroese, D.; Jurgensen, M.; Neary, D.; Curran, M.; Trettin, C. 2008. Soil quality is fundamental to ensuring healthy forests. In: Lee, D. C.; Beatty, J.; Shaw, C. G.; Pye, J. M.; Sands, Y., eds. Forest Environmental Threats. Forest Encyclopedia Network. Online: http://www.threats.forestencyclopedia.net/p/p3011.
Keywordssoil, forests, ecosystem health
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