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Long-Term Soil Productivity Study

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The underlying assumption in the study is that forest management practices that alter two main factors - soil proposity and site organic matter - can largely account for changes in site productivity (biomass production).

  1. Determine the effects of different levels of organic matter (above-ground biomass and forest floor) retention and soil compaction on long-term forest soil productivity on a range of sites and ecological conditions.

  2. Study the long-term effects of organic matter removal and soil compaction on soil nutrient status, soil physical properties, soil microclimate, soil biological activity, biodiversity of soil organisms, and nutrient cycling.

  3. Identify causal relationships between soil properties that are altered by soil disturbance and long-term forest productivity.

  4. Investigate the influence of ecosystem unit on the effects of soil disturbance on long-term soil productivity.

  5. Provide research sites for detailed studies into forest soils, nutrient cycling, forest productivity, and reclamation.

  6. Provide sites that illustrate the effects of soil disturbance on forest productivity for extension/demonstration purposes.

  7. Extend the results to operations, resource management, and policy evolution to demonstrate and ensure sustainable forest development

Last Modified: 2003 JAN 20. Ministry contact: Shannon Berch
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