Project Code: CANFOR-01-023
Program: FRIP
Area:Applied Research
Sponsor:Canadian Forest Products
Project Status:Completed

Object & Deliverables

 

The primary purpose of this Study was to develop models of the compaction of Alberta soils from skidder traffic during forest harvesting, the natural rate of soil decompaction, and the effects that soil compaction has on conifer growth.

Phase IV & V objectives included determination of the contribution of freezing to soil decompaction, measurement of the performance of planted conifer seedlings on significantly compacted sites, determine if a more scientifically based drainage classification system could be developed using soil diagnostic features, and model the effect of soil compaction on seedling growth.

Activities associated with completion of these Study Phases commenced in April of 1997 and ended on May 31, 2002.

Final Report


Study results are detailed in the following reports/manuscripts:
– Modeling Soil Compaction, Decompaction and Tree Growth on Alberta Soils Following Forest Harvesting – Phase IV, dated June 23, 1999 & authored by A.D. Startsev;
– Modeling Soil Compaction, Decompaction and Tree Growth on Alberta Soils Following Forest Harvesting – Phase 5, dated April 2002 & authored by A.D. Startsev;
– “Soil Biological Activity in Recent Clearcuts in West-Central Alberta, 1997” by Startsev, N.A., D.H. McNabb and A.D. Startsev;
– “Effects of Skidding on Forest Soil Infiltration in West-Central Alberta – 2000” by Startsev, A.D. and D.H. McNabb; and ,
– “Skidder Traffic Effect on Water Retention, Pore-size Distribution, and van Genuchten Parameters of Boreal Forest Soils – 2000” by Startsev, A.D. and D.H. McNabb.

Additionally, a PowerPoint Workshop Presentation on November 18, 2002 by Andrei Startsev may be viewed at ‘http://www.arc.ab.ca./download/ANCnov02.ppt’.

Keywords
Conifer Growth
Canfor
Forest Soils
Harvesting Effects
Compaction/Decompaction

 

CANFOR-01-023