About Us | Help Videos | Contact Us | Subscriptions
 

Abstract

 

This article in SSSAJ

  1. Vol. 48 No. 1, p. 173-177
     
    Received: Jan 31, 1983
    Accepted: Aug 7, 1983


 View
 Download
 Alerts
 Permissions
Request Permissions
 Share

doi:10.2136/sssaj1984.03615995004800010032x

Impact of Harvesting and Site Preparation on Physical Properties of Piedmont Forest Soils1

  1. J. A. Gent,
  2. R. Ballard,
  3. A. E. Hassan and
  4. D. K. Cassel2

Abstract

Abstract

The impact of intensive forest management practices on soil bulk density, aeration porosity, and saturated hydraulic conductivity was examined to a depth of 0.3 m before harvest, after harvest, and after site preparation. Harvesting caused significant changes in soil physical properties to an average depth of 0.17 m in whole tree harvest plots and 0.22 m in skid trail plots. Disking was effective in restoring soil physical properties to preharvest levels in the upper 0.07 to 0.12 m of soil. Soil compaction in chop/burn plots may result in reduced root growth because of mechanical impedance, reduced aeration, or both.

  Please view the pdf by using the Full Text (PDF) link under 'View' to the left.

Copyright © . Soil Science Society of America