A Water Yield-Oriented Practical Approach for Multifunctional Forest Management and its Application in Dryland Regions of China

Y. Wang, W. Xiong, S. Gampe, Neil Coles, P. Yu, L. Xu, H. Zuo

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Abstract

© 2015 American Water Resources Association. Mountainous forest areas are vitally important for water supply in dryland regions which suffer from high erosion risk and severe water shortage. Massive afforestation, mainly for erosion control, may reduce the water yield and threaten local water supply security. Moreover, many over-dense forests due to a strict logging ban policy have produced remarkably negative impacts for both forests (e.g., low timber quality, restricted natural regeneration, and high stand instability) and water yield. To satisfy the rapidly increasing demands on water supply and other services, a practical approach for managing forest stands in a multifunctional way, which particularly addresses water yielding, is urgently required. For this purpose, we integrated the existing knowledge and experience, designed an "ideal" stand structure to represent multifunctional forest (MFF) and determined its key parameters (a ground coverage of >0.7, a canopy density around 0.7, and an H/DBH ratio (tree height [m] to the diameter at breast height [cm]) of
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)689-703
JournalJournal of the American Water Resources Association
Volume51
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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