Canadian Forest Service Publications

Soils of the Ecosystem Management Emulating Natural Disturbance (EMEND) experimental area, northwestern Alberta. 2004. Kishchuk, B.E. Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Northern Forestry Centre, Edmonton, Alberta. Information Report NOR-X-397. 136 p.

Year: 2004

Issued by: Northern Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 25101

Language: English

Series: Information Report (NoFC - Edmonton)

Availability: PDF (download)

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Abstract

The Ecosystem Management Emulating Natural Disturbance (EMEND) experiment in northwestern Alberta was undertaken to determine the management practices that best emulate natural disturbance in maintaining ecosystem structure and function in western boreal mixedwood forests. This report provides detailed information about the classification, chemical and physical properties, and elemental pools of soils in the EMEND experimental area. Twenty-five soil profiles were described and sampled by pedogenetic horizon from the upper surface of the forest floor to lower soil horizons. Taxonomic classification, chemical and physical properties of the soil horizons, and carbon and nutrient pools of soil horizons and complete profiles were determined. Soils in the EMEND experimental area have developed on fine-textured glacial till or glaciolacustrine deposits containing few coarse fragments. The soils were primarily Luvisolic, with limited occurrence of Brunisolic, Gleysolic, and Solonetzic soils. The soils were generally well drained and were relatively consistent across the 1000-ha experimental area.