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Title: Erosion on logging roads in northwestern California: How much is avoidable?

Author: McCashion, John D.; Rice, Raymond M.;

Date: 1983

Source: Journal of Forestry 81(1): 23-26.

Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Description: Abstract - A study was made on 344 miles of logging roads in northwestern California to assess sources of erosion and the extent to which road-related erosion is avoidable. At most, about 24 percent of the erosion measured on the logging roads could have been prevented by conventional engineering methods. The remaining 76 percent was caused by site conditions and choice of alignment. On 30,300 acres of commercial timberland, an estimated 40 percent of the total erosion associated with management of the area was found to have been derived from the road system.

Keywords: PSW4351, erosion, logging roads, northwestern California, soil displacement, slope, soil types

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McCashion, John D.; Rice, Raymond M. 1983. Erosion on logging roads in northwestern California: How much is avoidable?. Journal of Forestry 81(1): 23-26.


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