Date of Award
Master of Forestry (MF)
The purpose of this study was to determine if the direct mechanical manipulation of compacted campground soils, with and without the addition of organic materials and the planting of grasses, had any long lasting effect on the amelioration of these deteriorated campsites. An attempt was also made to determine the natural recovery time for East Texas sandy loam soils using the campground closure method. Closure or partial (seasonal) closure of campsites reduced compaction to an acceptable level in three years. Roto-tilling alone was the least effective treatment. Roto-tilling and the addition of bark or chips to maintain the loose soil structure and low bulk density had very good results. These results could be sustained by planting of grasses during the off season.
Foster, Keith, "Aspects of Some Compacted Campground Ameliorating Practices" (1976). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 6.