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    Organic debris, including wood residue, is important to the development and function of. forest soil. Organic matter stores nutrients and moisture plus it provides important habitats for microbes beneficial to tree growth. To protect long-term forest soil productivity, organic horizons and their parent materials should be maintained.

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    Harvey, Alan E.; Jurgensen, Martin F.; Larsen, Michael J.; Graham, Russell T. 1987. Decaying organic materials and soil quality in the Inland Northwest: A management opportunity. Gen. Tech. Rep. INT-GTR-225. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Intermountain Research Station. 15 p.

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    forest soil, organic reserves, soil microbes, nitrogen fixation, ectomycorrhizae, harvesting and fire effects, regeneration, site preparation, soil management

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