Impact of forest restoration activities (thinning) on soil compaction and soil

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Impact of forest restoration activities (thinning) on soil compaction and soil: Soil communities are commonly the most overlooked part of an ecosystem because they are cryptic and difficult to study. However, they are responsible for a disproportionate number of ecosystem functions, including carbon and nutrient cycling, soil fertility, soil stability and water retention. Understanding how these communities change based on land management activities is a first step in understanding how ecosystem function might change. The purpose of this project is to address the relationships among forest treatments (thinning and use of logging machinery) to impacts on soil abiotic parameters (soil compaction, bulk density, hydrology, organic matter and soil carbon and nitrogen) on important soil groups (nematodes, microarthropods, bacteria, and fungi). Each of these groups is responsible for different functions, and can provide different information on the health of the soil, and therefore the ecosystem. With the current task agreement, we propose to look at the effects of mechanical thinning on these parameters in two ways across four different forest types (ponderosa pine, xeric mixed conifer, mesic mixed conifer and aspen). In both experiments, we will measure soil bulk density, soil compaction, soil hydraulic conductivity, water infiltration rate, soil organic matter and total C and N. We will use a mix of traditional microscopy and molecular methods to quantify the abundance and diversity of bacteria, fungi, nematodes and microarthropods.
Federal Grant Title: Impact of forest restoration activities (thinning) on soil compaction and soil
Federal Agency Name: National Park Service (DOI-NPS)
Grant Categories: Natural Resources
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: P17AS00387
Type of Funding: Cooperative Agreement
CFDA Numbers: 15.945
CFDA Descriptions: Information not provided
Current Application Deadline: June 25th, 2017
Original Application Deadline: June 25th, 2017
Posted Date: June 16th, 2017
Creation Date: June 16th, 2017
Archive Date: June 28th, 2017
Total Program Funding: $99,943
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $99,943
Minimum Federal Grant Award: $0
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Cost Sharing or Matching: No
Last Updated: June 16th, 2017
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
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