Impacts of recretional trampling on hydraulic properties of mountain brown soils in forestry ecosystems of “Skolivski Beskydy” National Nature Park (Ukrainian Carpathians)

O. Lenevych, O. Maryskevych, V. Kozlovskyy

Institute of Ecology of the Carpathians, NAS of Ukraine
4, Kozelnytska St., Lviv 79026, Ukraine

Water retention curve of brown mountain forest soils in the territory of one of the most visited tourist destinations to the top of the Parashka mountain (NPP “Skolivski Beskydy”, Ukrainian Carpathians) was obtained. Qualitative and quantitative changes in the structure and stocks of litter, physico-chemical properties and particle size distribution of soils show a significant negative impact of trampling on the filtration capacity of the soils of the study area. On the basis of soils mass-transfer computer modeling system HYDRUS-1D the importance of litter and trampling effect on soil hydro-physical properties influenced by recreation was investigated.

Keywords: litter, water retention curve, brown mountain forest soils, recreation

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