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Forestry, Pipelines and Transportation 

Pulpwood Forest ClearingClearing timber for forestry, pipelines and transportation can contribute to soil erosion.  The land is reclaimed by saving soil during construction.  This soil is then replaced and contoured and finally fertilized and seeded.  By law, logged areas must be replanted through reforestation projects or allowed to regrow naturally.  Industries, municipalities and the provincial Department of Transportation and Utilities are required to ensure that road construction meets specific criteria and standards which consider the soils and waterways they affect.

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Reprinted from Focus On Land Reclamation  (1999) with permission of Alberta Environment.

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