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  1. Vol. 41 No. 2, p. 437-441
    Received: July 8, 1976
    Accepted: Nov 17, 1976

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Soil Deterioration on Campsites: Northern Forest Types1

  1. Michael H. Legg and
  2. Gary Schneider2



Camping use and soil deterioration were monitored on 12 campsites in northern Michigan during their third and fourth camping seasons. Sites were on previously undisturbed Gogebic fine sandy loam (Typic Fragiorthod), under mature northern forest cover. Percentage of litter cover, soil macropore space and depth to A2 horizon decreased, and soil bulk density increased with time during both use seasons. Deterioration increased greatly on all campsites with intensity of use. Except for depth to A2 horizon, measured parameters recovered partially over winter, but recovery was less than deterioration during the previous summer.

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