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Title: Effects of post-fire salvage logging and a skid trail treatment on ground cover, soils, and sediment production in the interior western United States

Author: Wagenbrenner, Joseph W.; MacDonald, Lee H.; Coats, Robert N.; Robichaud, Peter R.; Brown, Robert E.;

Date: 2015

Source: Forest Ecology and Management. 335: 176-193.

Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Description: Post-fire salvage logging adds another set of environmental effects to recently burned areas, and previous studies have reported varying impacts on vegetation, soil disturbance, and sediment production with limited data on the underlying processes. Our objectives were to determine how: (1) ground-based post-fire logging affects surface cover, soil water repellency, soil compaction, and vegetative regrowth; (2) different types of logging disturbance affect sediment production at the plot and small catchment ("swale") scales; and (3) applying logging slash to skid trails affects soil properties, vegetative regrowth, and sediment production. Four study areas were established in severely burned forests in the interior western USA. We installed plots at two study areas to compare burned but unlogged controls against skid trails, feller-buncher trails, and skid trails with added slash. Salvage logged and control swales were established at each study area, but only one study area had simultaneous measurements on replicated swales. Data were collected for 0-2 years prior to logging and from 2-8 years after logging.

Keywords: erosion, wildfire, water repellency, soil compaction, salvage logging, mitigation

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Wagenbrenner, Joseph W.; MacDonald, Lee H.; Coats, Robert N.; Robichaud, Peter R.; Brown, Robert E. 2015. Effects of post-fire salvage logging and a skid trail treatment on ground cover, soils, and sediment production in the interior western United States. Forest Ecology and Management. 335: 176-193.

 


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