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Forest-based rolled erosion control products for the sustainable management of forests
by Hunter, Owen Mathias, M.S., State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, 2016, 242; 10042194
Abstract (Summary)

Erosion is a serious concern across the US and the globe. One effective method to reduce soil erosion is to apply rolled erosion control products (RECPs). One material source for use in RECPs that has not been studied is low-value forest residuals (LVRs). The objectives of this study were to design RECPs out of four LVRs (leaf litter, willow whiplets, willow chips, spruce needles) and to assess their ability to reduce soil loss, control water quality (turbidity and total phosphorous), and enhance germination. LVR RECPs were tested using ASTM standards on bare, detritus, and burned soils. Leaf litter and spruce needle RECPs were highly effective at all three abilities, while the willow whiplet and chip RECPs were effective at reducing erosion, but less effective at controlling water quality and enhancing vegetation. Overall, the use of LVRs as a material source for RECPs shows great promise.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Smith, Jennifer L., Daley, Douglas J.
Commitee: Abrahamson, Lawrence, Briggs, Russell, Hassett, John, Newman, David
School: State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Department: Environmental & Resources Engineering
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: MAI 55/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Forestry, Environmental science, Environmental engineering
Keywords: Bench-scale testing, Burned soil erosion, Low-value forest residuals, Rainsplash, Rolled erosion control product, Soil erosion
Publication Number: 10042194
ISBN: 978-1-339-55033-6
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