Soil Conservation Surveys Guidebook

Table of contents

1 Introduction

Soil conservation is a key component in the Forest Practices Code of British Columbia Act. This guidebook describes procedures for measuring disturbance to soil caused by forest practices.

The first part of this guidebook provides an overview of post-harvest and post-treatment inspection procedures. The section discusses how soil conservation requirements have changed, and describes generally how disturbance on access structures and in the net area to be reforested (NAR) should be measured.

The second part of the guidebook provides the current requirements and definitions that apply to soil conservation surveys.

The third part of the guidebook describes how soil conservation surveys should be carried out. It details the requirements for visual inspections, road traverse surveys, landing surveys, and transect surveys for small and large areas. Also described are how survey points established during transect surveys are classified.

Appendix 1 provides the requirements and definitions that apply to prescriptions that were approved under the Forest Practices Code (Code) before June 15, 1998. Appendix 2 outlines the sequence used for classifying survey points, Appendix 3 presents a random number table, Appendix 4 shows a table of grid spacings for the transect survey method for large areas, Appendix 5 describes field marking conventions, Appendix 6 contains the forms to be used in conducting soil conservation surveys, and Appendix 7 presents the recommended limits of soil disturbance for coastal and interior sites.

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