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Soil erosion can impact pasture quality but also the environment. Soil conditions can be improved along water courses, for instance, by controlling livestock access, and soil losses to wind erosion can be curbed by using such structures as shelterbelts and fences.

Topics:
Wind Erosion Control
Water Erosion Control
Improving Soil Quality
Forest and Soil
Soil Fill

Wind Erosion Control

Control of Wind Erosion
British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries
Control measures for wind erosion, including shelter belts and fences. (PDF)

Water Erosion Control

Method for Reducing Erosion
Alberta Agriculture and Food
The Water Erosion Prediction Project is a "powerful tool which uses the latest scientific findings in water erosion prediction technology." It can help producers devise grazing managment strategies to limit erosion, and can be applied to any landscape, soil, climate or management condition around the world.

Erosion Risk in Alberta
Alberta Agriculture and Food
A map showing areas soil erosion risk in Alberta. For a map showing areas where the risk of erosion along waterways is high, click here.

Improving Soil Quality

Geosynthetic Materials for Improving Soil Conditions
British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries
According to this factsheet, geosynthetics are materials that help improve soil conditions by reinforcing soil, among other things. Besides describing the material, this factsheet offers different types of the material available for different purposes. The VIDO Beef technical group offers the factsheets on geosynthetics for information purposes, and is not endorsing the use of the material. (PDF)

Using Geosynthetic Materials
British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries
Geosynthetics can help improve soil conditions and stabilize soil on a roadway.

Acidifying Soils
British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries
Acidifying soils can lower the pH of soil and increases the availability of some nutrients in pastures. (PDF)

Forests and Soil

Impact of Forest Harvest
Alberta Agriculture and Food
The short and long-term effects of logging on soil, vegetation, the watershed, wildlife and even your bottom line.

Soil Fill

Guidelines for Farm Practices Involving Fill
British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries
British Columbia regulations and guidelines for those farm practices involving fill, such as its placement. The guidelines also cover the use of soil and woodwaste for livestock bedding, pens, and exercise yards. (PDF)

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