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New Zealand Journal of Forestry (2015) 60(2): 11–15
©New Zealand Institute of Forestry

Feature article
Forests and erosion protection - getting to the root of the matter

Chris Phillips *,1, Michael Marden 2 and Les Basher 3

1 Research Scientist, Landcare Research NZ Ltd, Lincoln
2 Research Scientist, Landcare Research NZ Ltd, Gisborne
3 Research Scientist, Landcare Research NZ Ltd, Nelson
*Corresponding author.

Abstract: Tree roots reinforce soils and contribute to reducing the risk of slope failure. When trees are harvested the potential for failure to occur increases until the new crop reaches canopy closure. Managing this ‘window of vulnerability’ is becoming an increasingly important consideration for steepland forest managers.
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