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Watershed management problems and opportunities for the Colorado Front Range ponderosa pine zone: The status of our knowledgeAuthor(s): Howard L. Gary
Source: Res. Pap. RM-RP-139. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. 32 p.
Publication Series: Research Paper (RP)
Station: Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station
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DescriptionThe east flank of the Continental Divide consists largely of open timber stands and grasslands. Soils erode easily after abuse. Precipitation ranges from 15 to 20 inches, about two-thirds from high-intensity storms from April to September. Guidelines are provided for maintaining satisfactorv watershed conditions. The 3- to 5-inch water yields are comparatively small in contrast to yields of 12 to 25 inches from the high-altitude subalpine forests, but are important to development along the Front Range. Watershed management practices can be expected to provide practical alternatives for increasing water supplies.
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CitationGary, Howard L. 1975. Watershed management problems and opportunities for the Colorado Front Range ponderosa pine zone: The status of our knowledge. Res. Pap. RM-RP-139. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. 32 p.
Keywordsconiferous forest, forest management, range management, vegetation effects, ponderosa pine zone, watershed management, land use planning
- Restoration of the ponderosa pine ecosystem and its understory
- Geographic variation in ponderosa pine leader growth
- Development of a mixed shrub–ponderosa pine community in a natural and treated condition
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