Rapidly Eroding Piñon-Juniper Woodlands in New Mexico: Response to Slash Treatment

Project #: 14929  –   Updated: February 18, 2011

Project Summary

To study the effectiveness of slash treatment in reducing soil loss in the degraded piñon-juniper woodlands of Bandelier National Monument. This project utilized sediment check dams to quantify sediment yield from twleve paired microwatersheds within an existing watershed study.

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Location (by county):
Sandoval County (NM)

Watersheds:
Rio Grande-Santa Fe

Congressional Districts:
NM District 03

Bird Conservation Regions:
Southern Rockies/Colorado Plateau

USFWS Regions:
Southwest Region

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Site Name Publicly Accessible
Bandelier National Monument Yes

Full Project Description

To study the effectiveness of slash treatment in reducing soil loss in the degraded piñon-juniper woodlands of Bandelier National Monument. This project utilized sediment check dams to quantify sediment yield from twleve paired microwatersheds within an existing watershed study.

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Conservation Mission

Primary goals:

The primary purpose of the research was to quantify the rates of soil loss between treated and control microwatersheds and to determine if the practice of slash treatment in degraded piñon-juniper woodlands is effecient in reducing soil loss in Bandelier National Monument by encouraging herbaceous recovery in intercanopy areas.
Progress:

Completed

Targeted habitats:

    • Forests and Woodlands
      • Deciduous Forests and Woodlands

Targeted species were not provided for this project.

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Primary Contact

Avi Henn
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Partners

  • Colorado State University
  • Colorado Plateau Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit
  • National Park Service, Bandelier National Monument



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