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Thinning semiarid forests amplifies wind erosion comparably to wildfire : Implications for restoration and soil stability

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Whicker, Jeffrey J, Pinder, John E, and Breshears, David D, Thinning semiarid forests amplifies wind erosion comparably to wildfire : Implications for restoration and soil stability: .

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Semiarid forests across the western USA and elsewhere are being thinned to reduce risk from fire, restore previous ecological conditions, and/or salvage trees from recently burned areas. Prescriptions and monitoring for thinning generally focus on biotic characteristics of vegetation, like tree density, rather than abiotic characteristics of soils and their loss, which are usually only considered in association with water erosion. Recent studies indicate that sediment transport by wind in forests is substantial and can exceed water transport, yet forest wind erosion responses to tree thinning and/or burning are unknown. We measured wind-driven horizontal dust flux, a metric related to wind erosion, with respect to presence/absence [...]

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From Source - Mendeley RIS Export <br> On - Wed Sep 19 08:08:31 MDT 2012

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