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Soil Surveying on Wildlands: The Problem and One Solution

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Soil surveying has developed slowly on wildlands. The importance of such surveys has only recently been well appreciated. But perhaps of greater importance are the cost and difficulties of conducting wildland surveys following methods developed for agricultural lands. The author presents suggestions for simplifying field and laboratory work so as to make wildland soil surveying yield the type of information most useful to the wildland manager. The soil survey of a southern California national forest is presented as an example of the application of these suggestions.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Forester, California Forest and Range Experiment Station, maintained by the Forest Service, U. S. Department of Agriculture, in cooperation with the University of California at Berkeley, Calif. Senior member, S.A.F.

Publication date: October 1, 1948

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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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