Features and Sites
– Site Preparation and Vegetation Management
The following section summarizes the recommended best management
practices for mechanical operations – site preparation and
vegetation management – on karst terrain. Be sure to check
out more detailed
information in the Karst
Management Handbook for British Columbia.
Low and Moderate Vulnerability Areas
The following best management practices are recommended:
- Keep the wheels or tracks of equipment at least 5 metres from
the edge of karst features. If not possible, keep wheels or tracks
parallel to the edge of features.
- Avoid mechanical methods of site preparation and vegetation
management on areas where soils overlying epikarst are thin.
- Avoid pulling stumps during site preparation if significant
soil erosion and/or soil transfer into epikarst cavities
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High Vulnerability Areas
In addition to the recommendations for low and moderate vulnerability
areas, the following best management practice is recommended
on high vulnerability areas:
- Mechanical forms of
site preparation or vegetation management are inappropriate
on high vulnerability karst areas.
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