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Understanding and Reducing Erosion from Insloping Roads

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A computer program can help managers anticipate erosion and sediment delivery attributable to forest roads. The watershed version of the water erosion prediction project (WEPP) predicts road erosion rates within the observed range but overestimates sediment plume lengths. The predicted sources of sediment from an insloping road are mainly from the road ditch and the downslope channel; less sediment comes from the traveled way and the cutslope. Mitigation measures to minimize ditch erosion and channel flow rates will have the greatest effects on reducing sediment delivered from insloped forest roads.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Graduate Assistant, Department of Civil Engineering, Colorado State University, Fort Collins

Publication date: August 1, 1999

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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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