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Evaluation of Soil Degradation as a Factor Affecting Forest Productivity in British Columbia: A Problem Analysis Phase I

Author(s) or contact(s): G.F. Utzig and M.E. Walmsley
Source: Research Branch
Subject: Soil Conservation
Series: FRDA Report
Other details:  Published 1988. Hardcopy is available.


Soil degradation is a term used to describe the loss of productivity caused by soil disturbance resulting from forestry practices employed during tree harvest, site preparation or stand tending. The issue is three-fold. First, areas being reforested today (including backlog NSR) may be influenced by soil disturbance from harvesting activities and require special rehabilitative measures. Second, treatment of these previously harvested sites by means of mechanical, chemical and prescribed fire techniques may impart degrading effects on the soil. Third, forestry practices currently being employed to harvest the stand and prepare the site for regeneration, may be added to the area of sites already influenced by soil degradation.

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