Canadian Forest Service Publications

Using accounting to manage the boreal forest: A new indicator of soil fertility maintenance. 2003. Paré, D. Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Laurentian Forestry Centre, Sainte Foy, Quebec. Research Note No. 10, February. 4 p.

Year: 2003

Available from: Laurentian Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 22754

Language: English

Series: Research Notes (LFC - Québec)

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Introduction Healthy trees require healthy soil. One of the challenges faced by forest managers is maintaining soil quality after harvesting. Managers have few tools, however, to assist in decision-making in this area. Furthermore, what is beneficial and what is detrimental to the maintenance of soil fertility is not always clear. Standards for soil and water conservation in forests (Canadian Council of Forest Ministers' Criterion 3) generally address only physical damage to the soil, such as rutting, erosion and compaction, and rarely deal with the following issues: -Does removing forest biomass contribute to soil impoverishment over the long term? -To maintain soil fertility, should unused tree parts, such as foliage and branches, be left in the cutting area? -Can logging residue (bark, branches, foliage) be recovered and utilized for other purposes without harming soil fertility?

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