Timber harvesting and residue reduction practices that alter shade, surface thermal properties, and moisture influence energy balance and heat transfer on the site, significantly influencing temperatures. Because the problems of mortality to seedlings due to high temperature and insufficient moisture are potentially widespread and expensive, it is crucial to be able to identify problem sites during the planning process.
United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, "Overstory Removal and Residue Treatments Affect Soil Surface, Air, and Soil Temperature: Implications for Seedling Survival" (1987). Forestry. Paper 48.