One of the primary concerns of Experimental Project 834; The Rehabilitation of Severely Disturbed Forest Land, is the control of surface erosion through vegetation management. A well established grass-legume cover can be extremely effective in controlling surface erosion resulting from forest road construction (Carr and Ballard 1980, Dyrness 1970). Other benefits that may be derived from establishing vegetation on erodable subsoils are improved soil properties, increased forage, and improved aesthetics.
Early on in this project, it became obvious that there was a lack of experience in erosion control on the part of provincial and industrial forestry personnel. To alleviate this situation, the Handbook for Forest Roadside Erosion Control in British Columbia was written. The handbook summarizes the problems associated with surface erosion, the principles of surface erosion and its control, and discusses methods and materials used in revegetation. The user of this handbook is forewarned not to expect a "cookbook" solution to surface erosion problems. Variability in soil conditions, climate, topography, and financial commitment govern the options available for controlling a specific erosion problem. The user should instead look for guidelines which are generally applicable for an approach to solving factors to be considered and the possible methodology used in initiating an erosion control program. Practical experience is an invaluable tool in erosion control planning, and the user is encouraged to seek out those experienced in vegetation establishment.
The handbook discusses revegetation problems and approaches associated with the British Columbia forest environment. The handbook's general nature however, extends its utility to encompass most revegetation problems.
The Handbook for Forest Roadside Erosion Control in British Columbia is available through the British Columbia Ministry of Forests Information Services Branch. The handbook is Report Number 4 in the Land Management Series.
Carr, W.W. and T.M. Ballard. 1980. Hydroseeding of forest roads in British Columbia. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 35 (1): 33-35.
Dyrness, C.T. 1970. Stabilization of newly constructed road backslopes by mulch and grass-legume treatments. USDA Forest Service. Research Note PNW-123. PNW For. and Range Exp. Sta., Portland, Oregon. 5 pp.
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BC Forest Service - Research Division. 1980. A Handbook for Forest Roadside Erosion Control in British Columbia: Land Management Report Number 4. British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. Research Memo (FLNRORD). RM40
Topic: FLNRORD Research Program
Keywords: FLNRORD, Research Memo, British Columbia
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