Soil conditionsAuthor(s): Charles H. Perry
Source: Bechtold, William A.; Bohne, Michael J.; Conkling, Barbara L.; Friedman, Dana L.; Tkacz, Borys M., eds. 2012. A synthesis of evaluation monitoring projects by the forest health monitoring program (1998–2007). Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-159. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 140 p.
Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
Station: Southern Research Station
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Soil scientists have evaluated linkages between forests and soils for many years (e.g., Alway and McMiller 1933). The traditional soil surveys of landscapes in the United States are purposive, selecting for analysis sites that are deemed representative “of an extensive mappable area” (USDA Soil Survey Division Staff 1993). By contrast, the Soil Quality Indicator by the Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, is a statistically-based survey of forest soils in the United States. The design and sampling strategy of the Soil Quality Indicator is powerful, and it lends itself to addressing questions at broader spatial scales than most other research programs. An additional benefit of the program is that field samples are archived for later and complementary analyses.
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CitationPerry, Charles H. 2012. Soil conditions. In: Bechtold, William A.; Bohne, Michael J.; Conkling, Barbara L. [and others], eds. A synthesis of evaluation monitoring projects by the forest health monitoring program (1998–2007). Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-159. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Southern Research Station: 121–125.
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