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Fuels planning: science synthesis and integration; environmental consequences fact sheet 14: Fuels reduction and compaction

Posted date: August 01, 2018
Publication Year: 
2005
Publication Series: 
Research Note (RN)
Source: Res. Note RMRS-RN-23-14. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 2 p.

Abstract

Moving equipment and logs over the surface of forest soils causes gouges and ruts in the mineral soil, displaces organic matter, and can cause compaction. Compaction is the component of soil productivity most influenced by forest management, but the degree to which soils may be compacted depends on initial soil bulk density. For example, low bulk density soils (such as volcanic ash-cap soils) are much easier to compact than those soils with a high baseline bulk density. This publication discusses the complications from compaction, recovery, and National mandates.

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Citation

Page-Dumroese, Deborah. 2005. Fuels planning: science synthesis and integration; environmental consequences fact sheet 14: Fuels reduction and compaction. Res. Note RMRS-RN-23-14. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 2 p