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Soil Conservation II: considerations for Forest and Range Operations

Author(s) or contact(s): M. Curran
Source: Resource Practices Branch and Regional Operations
Subject: Soil Conservation
Series: Brochure
Other details:  Published 2012. Hardcopy is available.


Healthy soil is essential for all natural resources.

Soil conservation is the practice of conserving the integrity of the soil during any resource operations. Soil is a porous medium, composed of mineral particles, organic matter, organisms, liquids, and gases. Maintaining forest floor, topsoil layers, and soil structure is necessary to preserve long-term soil productivity and hydrologic function (the soilís capacity to receive, store, and transmit water). Maintaining natural drainage and road drainage is vital to successful soil (and water) conservation.

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Updated April 10, 2012