The influence of forest cover on snow melt

TitleThe influence of forest cover on snow melt
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference1947
AuthorsWilm, H. G.
Conference Name15th Annual Western Interstate Snow Survey Conference
Series TitleProceedings of the 15th Annual Western Interstate Snow Survey Conference
Date PublishedApril 1947
PublisherAmerican Geophysical Union, Transactions, Part IV:
Conference LocationPortland, Oregon
KeywordsSnowmelt research, Watershed management

There is presented a survey of important literature on the effect of forest cover on snow-melt, with recent results of investigations in the Fraser Experimental forest near Fraser, Colorado. It is shown that forest management, by selective cutting , influences greatly the accumulation and retention of snow on the ground. The evidence supports Dr. J.E. Church's Fir forest, possessing a maximum number of glades, as the most desirable type of snow conservation.Discussion by Walter U. Garstka points out the fact that forest management and watershed management must walk hand-in-hand to secure the optimum of water supplies, timing of runoff and timber products supplies, wood, lumber, paper, livestock grazing, power, flood control and irrigation.