Research related to roads in USDA experimental forests

W. J. Elliot, P. J. Edwards, R. B. Foltz

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Forest roads are essential in experimental forests and rangelands (EFRs) to allow researchers and the public access to research sites and for fire suppression, timber extraction, and fuel management. Sediment from roads can adversely impact watershed health. Since the 1930s, the design and management of forest roads has addressed both access issues and watershed health. Road design and management practices developed from research on roads in EFRs in the 1950s are applied throughout the USA and the world. Long-term data sets on watersheds with and without roads have helped us better understand the role of roads in runoff processes. Data collected from roads in EFRs have contributed to the development of hydrology and erosion models used throughout the world. As forest management and utilization practices change, such as gas abstraction, wind energy generation, and off-road vehicle recreation, research will be necessary to address the watershed impacts of roads and other access networks to support those new uses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationUSDA Forest Service Experimental Forests and Ranges
Subtitle of host publicationResearch for the Long Term
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781461418184
ISBN (Print)1461418178, 9781461418177
StatePublished - Aug 1 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)


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