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Date: May 23, 2013

Standardized soil monitoring protocol available in Spanish

FORT COLLINS, Colo., May 23, 2013 – Healthy forests depend on productive soils and sustaining their productivity requires a sound soil disturbance monitoring protocol. A team of U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station scientists led by Deborah Page-Dumroese, of the Forest and Woodland Ecosystems Science Program, met this challenge when they developed and published the Soil Disturbance Monitoring Protocol Volume 1: Rapid assessment and Volume II: Supplementary methods, statistics, and data collection in 2009. Volume II provides more details on the protocol, the historical context of forest soils monitoring and the use of statistics in forest soil monitoring and interpretation, and it is now available in Spanish.

“The protocol provides a common method for soil monitoring already tested by national forests across the nation. Because it focuses on the soil and not the vegetation, the use of the protocol is applicable anywhere in the world. The Spanish version makes the protocol more accessible to our Spanish-speaking partners across the U.S. and in other countries,” Page-Dumroese said.

The Soil Disturbance Monitoring Protocol provides a consistent, cost-efficient, and statistically thorough standardized soil monitoring method. It defines key soil attributes – such as compaction, rutting and displacement – that alter soil productivity while using a common language easily understood by land managers across all agencies, industry, and the public.

Although originally developed for pre- and post-timber harvest purposes, the protocol is applicable in assessing and monitoring soil disturbances related to site preparation for any forest project including biomass utilization, trail work and prescribed fire.

The Spanish version, Protocolo Nacional para la Evaluacion de Disturbios en Suelos Forestales; Volumen II: Metodos complementarios, estadística y recoleccion de datos (RMRS-GTR-301), is available online at www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/42885. The full suite of tools, including on-line training, publications, a picture guide to soil disturbance, and a validation guide, are available online at http://forest.moscowfsl.wsu.edu/smp/solo/InfoPath/monitoring/documents.php#reference.

The original Forest Soil Monitoring Protocol: Volumes I: Rapid assessment (GTR-WO-82a) is available online at www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/34427; and the Forest Soil Disturbance Monitoring Protocol: Volume II: Supplementary methods, statistics, and data collection (GTR-WO-82b) is available online at www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/34426.

To request a hard copy of any of these publications, call 970-498-1393 and reference the respective GTR number and provide your mailing address.

The Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS) is one of seven regional units that make up the U.S. Forest Service Research and Development organization - the most extensive natural resources research organization in the world. The Station maintains 12 field laboratories throughout a 12 state territory encompassing the Great Basin, Southwest, Rocky Mountains, and parts of the Great Plains, and administers and conducts research on 14 experimental forests, ranges, and watersheds, while maintaining long-term databases for these areas. RMRS research is broken into seven science program areas that serve the Forest Service as well as other federal and state agencies, international organizations, private groups, and individuals. To find out more about the RMRS go to www.fs.fed.us/rmrs. You can also follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usfs_rmrs.


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