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As you work through this lesson, you will understand how timber harvesting can be modified to accommodate the assessed vulnerability of a karst area.

Issues and Challenges

What are some of the management issues associated with timber harvesting on karst terrain?
  • Minimizing the disturbance of karst soils to prevent soil erosion and sediment transfer into subsurface karst environments
  • Maintaining surface and subsurface water quality and quantity
  • Maintaining stable microclimates around significant cave entrances
  • Maintaining critical karst surface processes above significant caves
  • Protecting significant surface and subsurface karst features
  • Protecting and conserving karst-dependent flora and fauna
  • Maintaining recreational values of significant surface karst features and cave entrances.
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