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Effect of Cutting Mature Lodgepole-Pine Stands on Rainfall Interception

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Studies, both here and abroad, have revealed that as much as one-third of the total rainfall may be intercepted and evaporated from tree crowns. With losses as great as this it is apparent that rainfall interception is a vital factor in proper watershed management, whether the object of such management is increased water yield or control of erosion and floods. The study described herein was designed to measure the amount of rainfall reaching the soil in mature stands of lodgepole pine, and to determine how this amount is modified by various intensities of timber cutting.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Silviculturist, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station, Fort Collins, Colo.

Publication date: January 1, 1943

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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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