Title: Validating visual disturbance types and classes used for forest soil monitoring protocols
Author: Page-Dumroese, D. S.; Abbott, A. M.; Curran, M. P.; Jurgensen, M. F.
Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-267. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 17 p.
Description: We describe several methods for validating visual soil disturbance classes used during forest soil monitoring after specific management operations. Site-specific vegetative, soil, and hydrologic responses to soil disturbance are needed to identify sensitive and resilient soil properties and processes; therefore, validation of ecosystem responses can provide information for best management practices in selecting appropriate harvest and site preparation techniques that limit long-term degradation and maintain site productivity and hydrologic function. Although research on forest managements affect on soil properties and plant growth responses has been conducted on a few sites, there is a need for additional site-specific validation data of soil visual disturbance attributes across the range of soil and forest conditions.
Keywords: soil productivity, vegetation, hydrologic function, adaptive management, soil disturbance type, soil disturbance severity class
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Page-Dumroese, D. S.; Abbott, A. M.; Curran, M. P.; Jurgensen, M. F. 2012. Validating visual disturbance types and classes used for forest soil monitoring protocols. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-267. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 17 p.
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