The initial soil survey of the east coast of Vancouver Island was completed in 1959 (Day, 1959). A reconnaissance biophysical soil survey for all of Vancouver Island, begun in the mid-1970's, did not resurvey the coastal plain, but rather incorporated the earlier information. These small scale surveys, while valuable for broad scale planning, were not designed to meet present day requirements for solving complex land use problems. Some of these requirements are: (i) accurate agricultural capability ratings for updating or fine tuning the Agriculture Land Reserves; (ii) municipal and regional district planning; (iii) detailed technical soil information for the Ministries of Agriculture and Food, Environment, Municipal Affairs, and the British Columbia Assessment Authority.
Jungen, John Rudy. 1985. Soils of Southeast Vancouver Island: Duncan-Nanaimo Area. MOE Technical Report
Keywords: soils, british columbia, nanaimo region, duncan region, agriculture, food
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