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    Author(s): Dale W. Johnson
    Date: 2010
    Source: In: Page-Dumroese, Deborah; Neary, Daniel; Trettin, Carl, tech. eds. Scientific background for soil monitoring on National Forests and Rangelands: workshop proceedings; April 29-30, 2008; Denver, CO. Proc. RMRS-P-59. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 1-12.
    Publication Series: Proceedings (P)
    Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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    Some fundamental properties of soils that pertain to the concept of soil quality are discussed including a discussion of what can and cannot be changed with management.Case studies showing the effects of N-fixing vegetation and N-enrichment effects on invasive species are provided to illustrate the complications that may arise from applying one soil quality standard to all cases. Finally, the “nitrogen problem is discussed: nitrogen is the most frequently growth-limiting nutrient and yet it is also the nutrient that is often the most problematic to manage without causing deleterious effects on the availability of other nutrients and water quality.

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    Johnson, Dale W. 2010. Soil quality: Some basic considerations and case studies. In: Page-Dumroese, Deborah; Neary, Daniel; Trettin, Carl, tech. eds. Scientific background for soil monitoring on National Forests and Rangelands: workshop proceedings; April 29-30, 2008; Denver, CO. Proc. RMRS-P-59. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 1-12.

    Keywords

    soil monitoring, soil quality standards, National Forests and Rangelands

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