Twenty-five-year analysis on the effects of organic matter removal and soil compaction on a Long-Term Soil Productivity study site in North CarolinaThis article is part of a larger document. View the larger document here.
Forests are subject to large-scale disturbance by harvesting and site preparation. An important question is whether soils can sustain the long-term needs of forest stands under intensive site preparation, shortened rotations, and higher utilization standards (Powers and others 1990). The effects of harvest intensity and site preparation on soil properties and stand productivity are being analyzed as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Forest Service, Long-Term Soil Productivity (LTSP) studies.