Rapidly Eroding Piñon-Juniper Woodlands in New Mexico: Response to Slash Treatment

Project Description

To study the effectiveness of slash treatment in reducing soil loss in the degraded piñon-juniper woodlands of Bandelier National Monument. This project utilized sediment check dams to quantify sediment yield from twleve paired microwatersheds within an existing watershed study.

Project Map

Publicly Accessible: Yes
County: Sandoval County, NM

Project Sites

  • Bandelier National Monument

Goals and Targets

Primary Motivations:

  • Conservation Mission

Primary Goals:

  • The primary purpose of the research was to quantify the rates of soil loss between treated and control microwatersheds and to determine if the practice of slash treatment in degraded piñon-juniper woodlands is effecient in reducing soil loss in Bandelier National Monument by encouraging herbaceous recovery in intercanopy areas.
    Progress: Completed

Targeted Habitats:

  • Forests and Woodlands
    • Deciduous Forests and Woodlands

Targeted Species:

No targeted species were identified for this project.

Conservation Actions

Action Status Start Year End Year
Research Completed 1999 2001
Soil Loss Research


Is the success of this project's actions being monitored? No/Unknown

Quick Facts

Owning Organization

Colorado Plateau Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit

Managing Organization

Contact Information

General Information

Project #: 14929
Last Updated: February 18, 2011

Project Relations


Colorado Plateau Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit
Colorado State University
National Park Service, Bandelier National Monument

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