Assessing the effects of initial soil characteristics, machine mass and traffic intensity on forest soil compaction

E Ampoorter, L Van Nevel, Bruno De Vos, M Hermy, K Verheyen

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    Abstract

    Anextensive field trial was set up in eight forest stands to examine the influence of soil texture (two stands on sand, four on loam to silt loam, two on clay), machine mass (light, heavy) and traffic intensity (one and five skidding cycles) (i.e. pass back and forth on the skid trail) on soil compaction after mechanized harvesting. Dry bulk density (BD), penetration resistance (PR), micro-topography and soil carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration were applied as response variables for soil compaction. Significant effects onBDwere nearly absent (
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalForest Ecology and Management
    Volume260
    Issue number10
    Pages (from-to)1664-1676
    Number of pages13
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

    Thematic list

    • Environment

    EWI Biomedical sciences

    • B410-soil-science
    • bodemcompactie

    Policy

    • soil protection

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