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Brush Dams Reduce Sediment Production and Create Favorable Planting Sites

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To study the utility of cedar brush dams in establishing loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.) seedlings for erosion control in north Mississippi, 155 1/2-acre plots were inventoried. Only 10 percent of the plots with brush dams had to be replanted. In comparison, 61 percent of plots without dams had to be replanted one or more times to ensure an adequate stand of trees. Seedlings planted behind dams grew 27 percent more through the first eight years than trees planted on surrounding slopes. Estimated sediment delivered to streams or functioning channels, five years after planting, was 2.6 times greater from plots without brush dams. The cost of brush dams ranged from $45 to $135 per acre.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Hydrologist, Southeastern Area, State and Private Forestry, USDA Forest Service, Doraville, GA 30340

Publication date: 1977-11-01

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  • Each regional journal of applied forestry focuses on research, practice, and techniques targeted to foresters and allied professionals in specific regions of the United States and Canada. The Southern Journal of Applied Forestry covers an area from Virginia and Kentucky south to as far west as Oklahoma and east Texas.
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