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Ground Cover Requirements for Summer Storm Runoff Control on Aspen Sites in Northern Utah

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Foresters have long recognized that living plants and litter generally minimize overland flow and erosion. The specific degree to which the ground surface on forest and range lands should be kept covered by vegetal material to prevent excessive storm runoff and accelerated erosion, however, is not so well known. Lack of this information is in fact one of the major obstacles to effective watershed management in the Intermountain Region. In 1936, a plot study of the effects of different amounts of plant and litter cover on overland flow and erosion was initiated on the upper slopes of the 2,000 acre Parrish Creek watershed near Farmington, Utah. Results of this study over the period 1936 to 1949, inclusive, are here reported because they shed light on the amount of ground cover which appears to be necessary for watershed protection purpose on the steep, humid mountain lands of northern Utah.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Forester, Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station, U. S. Forest Service, Ogden, Utah.

Publication date: 1952-04-01

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