29 Aug '16, 9pm

Logging roads have long-lasting impacts on forests

Logging roads have long-lasting impacts on forests

When logging roads appear in forests, they are often spotlighted by conservationists as harbingers of ecological harm to come. But a new study finds that the roads themselves can damage the environment – and may continue doing so for years after the logging stops. The study, published in Geoderma and conducted by researchers at the University of Missouri in the U.S., looked at logging roads in Mark Twain National Forest. They collected core samples from logging roads and log landing areas where felled trees awaited collection, as well as portions of forest that had been logged. They found that the logging roads and log landing areas not only ended up with denser soil than untouched forest, but logged forest as well. The researchers write that this density change can result in some serious knock-on effects. “We found that along these logging roads and landing areas, the soi...

Full article: https://news.mongabay.com/2016/08/logging-roads-have-long...

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