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Forest Soils

The soil properties of planted forests – topsoil depth, soil structure, rooting depth, hard pans, erosion risk, soil texture, water holding capacity, nutrient supply – all have an impact on forest productivity. Below see some videos that explain soil sampling to determine productivity of forest soils:

Identifying the mineral soil surface

See also Practical soil sampling in planted forests – soil profile  [266 Kb PDF]

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Taking samples for soil chemistry analysis

See also Practical soil sampling in planted forests – soil chemistry [254 Kb PDF]

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Soil sampling for bulk density measurement

See also Practical soil sampling in planted forests – soil bulk density [261 Kb PDF]

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Blogs

  • Digging the Good Dirt on Soil Bugs: Denis Hocking's blog, October 07, 2015
    Volunteers Wanted: Scion soil scientist Simeon Smaill is looking for volunteers to help with a series of trials he is running around the country.  He is looking at the effect…

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