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On the horizon



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Book Chapter

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Pacific Southwest Research Station


Global change and forest soils: Cultivating stewardship of a finite natural resource


From the outset of this book project, we wanted to address three simple questions: how are forest soils faring in our rapidly changing world? Then, how are we progressing as stewards of global soils? Finally, how can we improve our stewardship to meet the challenges of a changing world? We challenged our subject experts to provide insights into the condition of Earth’s forest soils, their current management, future needs, and proposed actions where current practice falls short. From Asmeret Berhe (Chapter 3) comes the related concern that sustainable forest management needs to be rooted in the latest advances in our scientifc understanding of the soil system, as well as appreciating and applying local knowledge of soil resources, to maintain soil health and associated ecosystem services. In this regard, Dan Binkley (Chapter 2) emphasized that our ability to detect, monitor, understand, and predict change will be a key focus for forest soil science and soil management over the ensuing decades. Still, roadblocks exist. As an example, DeLuca et al. (Chapter 16) discuss the critical importance of soil biota to the health and function of forest ecosystems, yet confess that “there continues to be limited capacity to transform soil biotic data into a useful form for land managers.” They do, however, provide a roadmap into the rapidly evolving techniques and methods (and hope) of modern genetic analyses for solving the mystery of soil biota, arguably the ‘final soil frontier’.


Morris, Dave M.; Page-Dumroese, Deborah S.; Giardina, Christian P.; Busse, Matt. 2019. On the horizon. In: Busse, Matt; Giardina, Christian P.; Morris, Dave M.; Page-Dumroese, Deborah S., eds. Global change and forest soils: Cultivating stewardship of a finite natural resource. Oxford, UK: Elsevier Science & Technology: 505-510. Chapter 20.


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