Effects of Clear-Cutting Alder Coppice on Surface Soil Properties and Aboveground Herbaceous Plant Biomass

Yuksek T., Yuksek F.

COMMUNICATIONS IN SOIL SCIENCE AND PLANT ANALYSIS, vol.40, pp.2562-2578, 2009 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 40
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/00103620903113281
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.2562-2578
  • Keywords: Aboveground herbaceous biomass, alder coppice, bulk density, saturated hydraulic conductivity, skidding, soil penetration resistance, PHYSICAL-PROPERTIES, FOREST SOILS, COMPACTION, GROWTH, PINE, SIZE, IMPACT, FIR
  • Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University Affiliated: No


The purpose of this investigation was to evaluate the effects of clear-cutting and skidding impacts on surface soils in an alder coppice and aboveground herbaceous biomass. For this purpose, experimental sites used in the study were a randomized complete block with four replications. Some soil properties were measured at 60 pits at 0 to 5cm and 5 to 10cm deep in control, normal harvest, and main skid trail sites. In the main skid trail site, as compared to the control and normal harvest site, the bulk density increased from 0.90 to 1.52gcm-3, the soil organic-matter content decreased from 4.77% to 1.65%, and saturated hydraulic conductivity decreased from 86.34 to 9.6cmh-1 at 0 to 5cm deep. Optimization of harvesting time and rehabilitation of skid roads needed to be done to prevent and minimize negative impacts of the skid roads on soils.