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Title: Dynamic Soil Properties As a Part of Soil Survey Updates: Illustration of the Utility of the Results from Arches National Park, Utah

item Ward, J. - NMSU
item Tugel, A. - NRCS
item Herrick, Jeffrey
item Remmenga, M. - NMSU
item Scott, C. - NRCS
item Truman, D. - NRCS
item Parslow, V. - NRCS
item Biggam, P. - NPS
item Seybold, C. - NRCS
item Benham, E. - NRCS

Submitted to: Western Society of Soil Science
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: June 1, 2006
Publication Date: June 19, 2006
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Citation: Ward, J.P., Tugel, A.J., Herrick, J.E., Remmenga, M.D., Scott, C., Truman, D., Parslow, V., Biggam, P., Seybold, C., Benham, E.C. 2006. Dynamic soil properties as a part of soil survey updates: illustration of the utility of the results from Arches National Park, Utah [abstract]. Western Society of Soil Science. 2006 West Regional Cooperative Soil Survey Conference, Western Society of Soil Science Conference, Park City, Utah, June 19-23, 2006.

Technical Abstract: Sampling dynamic soil properties as a part of soil survey updates can provide results which meet user needs for recognizing soil and ecosystem change. We have identified and illustrated results for three potential needs: (1) an ability to detect a functionally significant difference in soil and ecosystem properties, (2) indicators that reflect functional differences in states on an ecological site, and (3) information for Ecological Site Descriptions. On park, as well as other lands, these results will facilitate an understanding of soil and ecosystem change. They can also be used to help design assessment and monitoring systems to address a variety of objectives including avoiding relatively irreversible human-induced changes to soil and ecosystem function. Although this pilot project focused on National Park lands, the methods and types of applications described in this paper can be utilized elsewhere.

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