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1 Office: Plant & Environmental Sciences Building - 3134 Monday 1:30 – 2:30 pm Wednesday 9:30 - 10:30 am & by arrangement Soils – The Foundation of the Forest Soil ecosystem Soil is a critical component of terrestrial ecosystems Forest sustainability: We cannot manage forest ecosystems sustainably unless we maintain those soil conditions and processes that help to determine forest ecosystem function and ability to recover from disturbance. Sustaining the functional role of forest soils does not imply no disturbance. Much of the negative environmental impact of forestry in the past has been related to effects on soils .” (Kimmins’ Forest Ecology, pp. 268-269, 1997). Soils are a slowly (1000’s of years) renewable resources! Atmosphere Hydrosphere Biosphere Geosphere Soil Zone Additions Translocation Losses Transformations Losses Additions Major Soil Forming Processes
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