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INT-RP-477: Managing coarse woody debris in forests of the Rocky Mountains


Graham, Russell T.; Harvey, Alan E.; Jurgensen, Martin F.; Jain, Theresa B.; Tonn, Jonalea R.; Page-Dumroese, Deborah S. 1994. Managing coarse woody debris in forests of the Rocky Mountains. Res. Pap. INT-RP-477. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, lntermountain Research Station. 12 p.

Recommendations for managing coarse woody debris after timber harvest were developed for 14 habitat types, ranging from ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) habitat types of Arizona to subalpine fir (Abies lasiocarpa) habitat types of western Montana. Ectomycorrhizae were used as a bioindicator of healthy, productive forest soils. Undisturbed stands were studied to determine the optimum amounts of organic material for ectomycorrhizal activity. The management recommendations are intentionally conservative to ensure that enough organic matter is left after timber harvest to maintain long-term forest productivity.

Keywords: slash, ectomycorrhizae, soil organic matter, silviculture, utilization, forest ecology, habitat type, Idaho, Montana, Arizona


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Title: INT-RP-477: Managing coarse woody debris in forests of the Rocky Mountains
Electronic Publish Date: October 24, 2006
Last Update:
May 2, 2013

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