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Summary of soil monitoring on the Idaho Panhandle National Forest

Posted date: February 26, 2019
Publication Year: 
2011
Authors: Rone, Gina
Document type: Other Documents

Citation

Rone, Gina. 2011. Summary of Soil Monitoring on the IPNF.

Description

Introduction: 

Monitoring for soil disturbance has been performed on the Idaho Panhandle National Forest (IPNF) over several decades.

  1. Monitoring can be separated into two main items: 1. Evaluation of existing conditions – primarily driven by NEPA project needs. Reviews the current disturbance levels in proposed activity units that may have been harvested by different logging systems, displaying variable soil impacts. Main objectives:
    1. To determine if proposed units are close to or exceed Regional and Forest Plan standards and need special mitigation that would be incorporated into design criteria and contracts. Includes monitoring of compaction, displacement, rutting, erosion, severe burning, coarse woody debris, and organic matter. Data collectors: soil scientist and trained personnel.
    2. To assess proposed units for potential hazards (e.g. mass failure, erosive soils) or localized topographical and sensitive soil considerations.
  2. Evaluation of post-harvest conditions – primarily driven by forest-wide annual monitoring requirements to assure that soil quality standards have been met. Main objectives:
    1. To determine the conditions and trends of a treated activity area and how the outcome compares to desired conditions. Includes monitoring of compaction, displacement, rutting, erosion, severe burning, coarse woody debris and organic matter. Data collectors: soil scientist.
    2. To project potential impacts associated with different treatments and logging systems that can be used during future NEPA analysis.
    3. To assess if current practices are sufficient or if there is a need for change to management actions.