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Forest soil biology-timber harvesting relationships: a perspective

Author(s):

M. F. Jurgensen
M. J. Larsen
A. E. Harvey

Year:

1979

Publication type:

General Technical Report (GTR)

Primary Station(s):

Rocky Mountain Research Station

Historical Station(s):

Intermountain Forest Experiment Station

Source:

Gen. Tech. Rep. INT-GTR-69. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. 12 p.

Description

Timber harvesting has a pronounced effect on the soil microflora by wood removal and changing properties. This paper gives a perspective on soil biology-harvesting relationships with emphasis on the northern Rocky Mountain region. Of special significance to forest management operations are the effects of soil micro-organisms on: the availability of soil nutrients, particularly nitrogen; the decay of woody plant material; and tree disease incidence. At present, no widespread detrimental impact on site quality in the northern Rocky Mountain region can be directly attributed to harvesting effects on the soil microflora.

Citation

Jurgensen, M. F.; Larsen, M. J.; Harvey, A. E. 1979. Forest soil biology-timber harvesting relationships: a perspective. Gen. Tech. Rep. INT-GTR-69. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. 12 p.

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