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The influence of logging and animal grazing on the litter layer and water infiltration rate of soils in plantation forests

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dc.contributor.author Abeli, W. S.
dc.contributor.author Sawe, C. T.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-12-30T11:15:22Z
dc.date.available 2016-12-30T11:15:22Z
dc.date.issued 1999
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/1169
dc.description Journal of Tropical Forest Science 1999. vol. 11(2): 438 - 445 en_US
dc.description.abstract The influence of logging and animal grazing on the litter layer and water infiltration rate of soils in plantation forests. Investigations to show the extent of soil disturbance caused by logging and animal grazing were carried out in one of the forest plantations in Tanzania. Water infiltration capacity and ground litter thickness were used as a measure to determine the extent of soil disturbance. Data on infiltration rate and litter depth on stands under different management practices were collected, analysed and compared with data from the nearby undis- turbed natural forests. The study found that logging and animal grazing reduced water infiltration rate in the soil and deposition of ground litter. Depending on the management practice or the condition of the stand, the rate of water infiltration was reduced from 36 to 96% when compared to water infiltration rate experienced in the nearby natural forest. While in undisturbed natural forest the mean litter depth was 11.1 cm, on clearfelled and grazed stands, the litter depth was only 0.9 cm. The effects of low water infiltration rates and low litter deposition are discussed and measures aimed at increasing water infiltration rate and litter deposition are suggested. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Journal of Tropical Forest Scienc en_US
dc.subject Logging en_US
dc.subject Animal grazing en_US
dc.subject Soil compaction en_US
dc.subject Water infiltration rate en_US
dc.subject Soil erosion en_US
dc.subject Litter depth en_US
dc.subject Soil disturbance en_US
dc.title The influence of logging and animal grazing on the litter layer and water infiltration rate of soils in plantation forests en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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