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Shelterbelts: The Advantages of Porous Soils for Trees

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This article treats of the moisture supply available for trees planted in the plains region, with particular reference to the effect of soil quality and porosity upon the storage and availability of whatever precipitation may be received. It attempts to explain by moisture accumulation records obtained in Oklahoma, and other data, the natural tree or shrub growth which frequently is found on sandy soils, in contrast to the "short-grass" characteristic of the finer soils under the same climatic conditions and the much greater difficulties which they present to the tree planter. It closes with a brief description of special moisture--conserving measures which may be necessary for reasonable tree success on the "hard" lands.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Lakes States Forest Experiment Station

Publication date: March 1, 1939

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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