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Influence of Aspen, Young Lodgepole Pine, and Open Grassland Types Upon Factors Affecting Water Yield

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Burned and cutover lands in the Rocky Mountains present a distinct problem in watershed management. Many of these areas support a cover of grass or aspen rather than their original stand of lodgepole pine or spruce. Generally the new cover provides adequate protection from erosion, but there has been question regarding its other watershed qualities. In order to evaluate some of these qualities this preliminary study was undertaken in Colorado. The results indicate that, from the standpoint of water available for streamflow, aspen and grass are probably superior to a dense coniferous forest.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Associate forest ecologist, formerly with the Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station

Publication date: September 1, 1944

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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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