Potential Soil Erosion of Selected Habitat Types in the High Desert Region of Central Oregon
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CitationBuckhouse, J. C., & Mattison, J. L. (1980). Potential soil erosion of selected habitat types in the high desert region of central Oregon. Journal of Range Management, 33(4), 282-285.
PublisherSociety for Range Management
JournalJournal of Range Management
AbstractDuring the summers of 1975 and 1976, an infiltration/sedimentation study was conducted in the Bear Creek watershed of central Oregon. A Rocky Mountain infiltrometer was used to simulate high intensity rainfall over 468 sediment plots. The Bear Creek watershed was divided into seven ecological land units which were further refined into ten tentative habitat types based upon an associated table developed from vegetation and soils field data. Tractor logging in the mixed forest caused a significant increase in soil loss. In nonforested units, a high natural variability in sediment production within sites tended to mask any differences that may have resulted from a management treatment. Significant differences that did occur appeared to be closely related to differences in soils and ecological condition. Beyond the identification of specific sediment production potentials, this work investigated the value of the habitat type level of ecological refinement in relation to hydrologic response.