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Effects of heavy equipment on physical properties of soils and on long-term productivity: A review of literature and current research

Documents and Media Posted on: October 26, 2018
Soil disturbance caused by heavy equipment used for harvesting or site preparation can have negative effects on soil properties and long-term forest site productivity. Soil compaction, churning, rutting, mixing, displacement, and removal are types of disturbance that can reduce tree root growth through their influence on soil physical, chemical, and biological properties.Document Type: Other Documents

Water quality on forest lands

Projects Posted on: May 13, 2015
This research aims to summarize the state of knowledge regarding the effects of forest management on water quality and the value to society of maintaining high quality runoff from forest lands. Economic costs and benefits of water-quality control was also explored.

Working woods: A case study of sustainable forest management on Vermont family forests

Publications Posted on: August 27, 2014
Families own 35% of US forestland and 67% of Vermont forestland. Sustainable management of their woodlots could provide social and economic benefits for generations. We examined sustainable forest management across four counties in Vermont by evaluating the use of silvicultural practices and best management practices on 59 recently harvested, family-owned properties with at least 25 acres of timberland.

Assessing bioenergy harvest risks: Geospatially explicit tools for maintaining soil productivity in western US forests

Publications Posted on: September 30, 2011
Biomass harvesting for energy production and forest health can impact the soil resource by altering inherent chemical, physical and biological properties. These impacts raise concern about damaging sensitive forest soils, even with the prospect of maintaining vigorous forest growth through biomass harvesting operations.