Please join your fellow SAF members on Thursday, October 22 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting room will be open around 6:15 p.m. Prior to the discussion, which starts at 7:00, chapter business and Zoom etiquette reminders will be discussed.
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About our speaker: Deborah Page-Dumroese, PhD, Research Soil Scientist from the USFS, Rocky Mountain Research Station, will be presenting on the Kootenai NF soil recovery work and provide information about the impacts of forest harvesting on soil processes. Debbie is a Research Soil Scientist with the Rocky Mountain Research Station,Forestry Sciences Lab in Moscow, ID and is part of the Forest and Woodland Ecosystems science program area. Debbie developed the Forest Soil Disturbance Monitoring Protocol (FSDMP) that is now used in all Forest Service Regions. This protocol sets out a common language for an efficient, economical, and statistically valid method to describe pre- and post-harvest soil disturbance. In addition, Debbie is the leader of the North American Long-Term Soil Productivity study. This study started in the late 1980's to help validate soil quality standards and help maintain soil productivity to grow forests in perpetuity. Finally, she has been one of the leaders in developing methods to use unmerchantable woody biomass to create biochar rather than burn this material in slash piles. Biochar can improve soil water and nutrient capacity, sequester carbon, and improve forest, range, agricultural, and mine site soil health.