Canadian Forest Service Publications
Progress towards more uniform assessment and reporting of soil disturbance for operations, research, and sustainability protocols. 2005. Curran, M.P.; Miller, R.E.; Howes, S.W.; Maynard, D.G.; Terry, T.A.; Heninger, R.L.; Niemann, T.; van Rees, K.; Powers, R.F.; Schoenholtz, S.H. Forest Ecology and Management 220: 17-30.
Available from: Pacific Forestry Centre
Catalog ID: 25818
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International protocols, such as those of the Montreal Process (MP), specify desired outcomes without specifying the process and components required to attain those outcomes. We suggest that the process and its components are critical to achieve desired outcomes. We discuss recent progress in northwestern North America, on three topics that will facilitate development of and reporting in sustainability protocols: (1) common terms and comparable guidelines for soil disturbance, (2) cost-effective techniques for monitoring and assessing soil disturbance, and (3) improved methods to rate soils for risk of detrimental soil disturbance. Uniform terms for soil disturbance will facilitate reporting and exchange of information. Reliable monitoring techniques and tracking the consequences of soil disturbance for forest growth and hydrology are paramount for improving understanding and predictions of the practical consequences of forest practices. To track consequences, we urge creation of regional research and operations databases that can be used to: (1) address MP values, (2) define detrimental soil disturbances, (3) develop risk rating systems for operational application, and (4) improve best management practices (BMPs) and ameliorative treatments that avoid or correct detrimental disturbances.