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Home Publications Tree Planters' Notes Tree Planters' Notes Volume 22, Number 2 (1971) Natural Recovery of Surface Soils Disturbed in Logging

Natural Recovery of Surface Soils Disturbed in Logging

Foil and Ralston (3) reported that compaction treatments applied to soil core samples greatly reduced the growth of loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.) seedlings. In recent studies, severe compaction, puddling, and soil displacement were found after logging loblolly pine stands in the Atlantic Coastal Plain, and substantial reduction in loblolly pine establishment and early growth was observed on disturbed parts of medium- and fine-textured soils (5). In this forest area, many forest soils are poorly drained, and logging under wet conditions and with heavy equipment intensifies the damage to soils (fig.1). Perry (10) reported that, in a 26-year-old loblolly pine plantation in Durham County, N.C., the yield of individual trees planted in ruts of an abandoned woods road was only 46 percent as much as that for trees on adjacent land. He estimated that 40 years would be required for the infiltration capacity in severely compacted ruts to attain the capacity of normal soil.

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Author(s): Glyndon E. Hatchell, C. W. Ralston

Publication: Tree Planters' Notes - Volume 22, Number 2 (1971)

Volume: 22

Number: 2