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Soil compaction associated with cut-to-length and whole-tree harvesting of a coniferous forest

Posted date: June 30, 2009
Publication Year: 
2009
Authors: Han, Sang-Kyun; Han-Sup, Han; Page-Dumroese, Deborah S.; Johnson, Leonard R.
Publication Series: 
Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Source: Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 39: 976-989.

Abstract

The degree and extent of soil compaction, which may reduce productivity of forest soils, is believed to vary by the type of harvesting system, and a field-based study was conducted to compare soil compaction from cut-to-length (CTL) and whole-tree (WT) harvesting operations. The CTL harvesting system used less area to transport logs to the landings than did the WT harvesting system (19%-20% vs. 24%-25%). At high soil moisture levels (25%-30%), both CTL and WT harvestings caused a significant increase of soil resistance to penetration (SRP) and bulk density (BD) in the track compared with the undisturbed area (p

Citation

Han, Sang-Kyun; Han-Sup, Han; Page-Dumroese, Deborah; Johnson, Leonard R. 2009. Soil compaction associated with cut-to-length and whole-tree harvesting of a coniferous forest. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 39: 976-989.
National Strategic Program Areas: 
Water, Air, and Soil