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Criteria for Designing and Locating Logging Roads to Control Sediment

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A recently completed study developed criteria for the design, location, and construction of logging roads in the northern Rocky Mountains to prevent damage to the water resource and to conserve soil. Results reveal which characteristics of watersheds and of secondary logging roads influence erosion of road surfaces and movement of sediment downslope from roads. They define the manner and degree in which these characteristics affect road-surface erosion and sediment movement, and they indicate which characteristics are controllable or alterable by design, management, or choice. They also provide the quantitative criteria needed to develop road design and location requirements that should be considered in planning and executing timber harvest operations, so that soil and water resources will be protected.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Research Forester, Intermountain Forest and Range Expt. Sta., U.S. Forest Service, Ogden, Utah

Publication date: March 1, 1967

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