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Physiochemical Characterization of Soil Collected from Sacred and Non Sacred Forests of Uttarakhand: A Comparative Study

Brij M. Upreti1, Lalit Tewari1, Ashish Tewari2 and Neeta Joshi3

1. Department of Botany D.S.B. Campus Kumaun University Nainital, India

2. Department of Forestry and Environmental Science, D.S.B. Campus Kumaun University Nainital, India

3. Department of Chemistry, MBGPG College, Haldwani, India


Abstract: Sacred forests play a crucial role in soil conservation due to their high biodiversity. Soil samples were collected from Chamunda Devi sacred forest and non sacred forest from different depth viz. 0-10 cm, 11-30 cm, 31-60 cm and 61-90 cm. Physiochemical analysis comprised of soil texture (sand 42.91%, silt 33.02% and clay 41.85%), soil moisture (26.27%), water holding capacity (60.9%), bulk density (1.29 gcm-3), porosity (53.10%), pH (4.8), Carbon (1.45%), nitrogen (158.04 Kg/h), phosphorous (0.0021%) and potassium (0.003%). Physiochemical results showed that sacred forests had nutrient rich soil comparatively non sacred forest.

Key words: Sacred forests, non sacred forests, Conservation, Soil Analysis, Uttarakhand.
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