Field plots were used to compare the performance of agricultural straw mulch with a new wood-based long strand erosion control material. Three studies were installed at two locations in western Washington and central California. Slopes ranged from 15% to over 50%. Soil types included gravelly sand and fine sandy loam. Each plot was approximately 5m wide by 30m long. The study ran continuously during the winter of 2004-2005. After three months, the long-strand wood erosion control mulch performed equal to agricultural straw mulch. Both materials reduced sediment delivery off the plot by more than 99 percent when compared to a bare soil plot at the California location. The relative performance of the mulches was also equal in the two studies in western Washington.
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Dooley, J.H., Lanning, D.N., and John E. Burks. 2005. Field Performance of Long-Strand Wood Erosion Control Mulch and Agricultural Straw Under Natural Rainfall Events. Technical Report. Forest Concepts, Federal Way, WA.
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