Windbreaks May Increase Water Yield from the Grassland Islands in Arizona's Mixed Conifer Forests
AffiliationUnited States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest
Range Experiment Station, Forest Hydrology Laboratory, Arizona State University, Tempe
KeywordsHydrology -- Arizona.
Water resources development -- Arizona.
Hydrology -- Southwestern states.
Water resources development -- Southwestern states.
Water yield improvement
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AbstractThe general hydrologic characteristics, selected climatic factors, and soil properties of the high-elevation grasslands are compared to the surrounding forest. Evidence shows that water yield could be increased by 1-1/2 to 2 inches if snow could be held where it falls. It may be possible to establish tree windbreaks in the grassland by altering the microclimate during establishment, and introducing mycorrhiza with the planted seedlings. This conclusion is supported by good survival in a 2-year planting trial.
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