Forest & Range Evaluation Program Soil Monitoring

FREP Soil Monitoring

Under the province's Forest & Range Practices Act (FRPA), soil disturbance is classified into two main types:

1.  Areas occupied by permanent access structures
2.  Areas occupied by soil disturbance in the net area to be reforested

Soil disturbance in the net area to be reforested is further categorized as the area occupied by corduroyed trails, compacted areas, areas of dispersed disturbance and un-rehabilitated temporary access structures.

FRPA sets objectives for soil conservation. These objectives are:

  • To limit the extent of soil disturbance caused by harvesting and silviculture activities that negatively affect the physical, chemical, and biological properties of the soil
  • To conduct forest practices in a manner that addresses the inherent sensitivity of a site to soil-degrading processes to minimize detrimental soil disturbance, landslides, soil erosion, and sediment delivery to streams
  • To limit the area of productive forest land that is occupied by permanent roads, landings, pits, quarries, and trails to the minimum necessary to safely conduct forest practices