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    Author(s): M. F. Jurgensen; M. J. Larsen; A. E. Harvey
    Date: 1979
    Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. INT-GTR-69. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. 12 p.
    Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
    Station: Intermountain Forest Experiment Station
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    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.

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    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.

    Keywords

    timber harvesting, soil micro-organisms, nutrient cycling, nitrogen fixation, nitrification, denitrification, mycorrhizae, disease, fire, residues, decay, mineralization, rhizosphere

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