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Extent of Roots in the Forest Soil Mantle

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Abstract:

Two mixed-conifer plots, each about 116 m² were subjected to moisture stresses for 12 years. When hydraulically excavated, an estimated total living root length of 98.6 km was recovered per plot. Western redcedar, making up 17 percent of the basal area, accounted for 82 percent of the root length, which totalled 850.8 m per m² of soil to total root depths.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Biological Technician, Pacific Forest Research Centre, Canadian Forestry Service, Victoria, British Columbia

Publication date: June 1, 1974

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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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