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Decadal-scale changes in forest soil carbon and nitrogen storage are influenced by organic matter removal during timber harvest

Editors’ Highlight—  

This paper documents the effects of clear forest treatments on soil carbon dynamics reaching at least 1 meter. The authors present both a deep analysis as well as repeated measurement over time. Together, these aspects make this one of the few manuscripts on forest soils in the literature that can speak not only to the effect of human management on soil organic matter but also address the mechanisms for seasonal changes throughout the soil profile. With ongoing scientific and public interest in the fate of carbon in the context of climate change, identification of mechanisms that stabilize/destabilize subsurface soil carbon are crucial for making effective national and international land-use policy.