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What 22 years of monitoring reveals about forest soil resiliency

Science Spotlights Posted on: November 19, 2018
Since the 1980s, it’s been assumed that forest soils require a long time to recover from a disturbance such as a timber harvest. The results of a 22-year monitoring study on the Kootenai National Forest counter this assumption. Certain types of forest soils showed a recovery within five to seven years following a timber harvest and subsequent fuels treatments.

Soil disturbance recovery on the Kootenai National Forest, Montana

Publications Posted on: August 15, 2018
Determining the extent of soil property changes following forest management activities (e.g., timber harvest, fuels abatement, site preparation) is an ongoing concern for land managers. Monitoring the long-term effects of various harvest operations and fuels treatment methods on soil physical properties and hydrologic function is critical to maintaining forest productivity.