Action: Use brash mats during harvesting to avoid soil compaction
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- We found no evidence for the effects of using brash mats during harvesting to avoid soil compaction on forests.
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Using heavy machinery during harvesting may compact the soil and limit seedling regeneration. Remaining woody debris from harvested trees (brash) can be used to cover the ground and form mats. This may spread out the weight of heavy machinery and decrease soil compaction.