Soil

Soil Erosion

102 Million Trees Gone

102 Million Trees Gone

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The trees are dying.

We’ve known it for a while; in California’s forests, because of the ongoing drought, trees are dying by the millions. What wasn’t clear was the scale at which it’s happening. The latest aerial survey from the US Forest Service shows that the state has about 102  … Read More

Undermined: A Worst-Case Scenario for Abandoned Mining Sites

Undermined: A Worst-Case Scenario for Abandoned Mining Sites

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We’re used to seeing situations where accelerated, manmade erosion is causing a problem: construction sites without the necessary sediment and erosion control measures, say, or streams eroding because of increased runoff from upstream development. We know how to deal with these problems, even if we don’t always get it right.  … Read More

Beyond Kudzu: Can Non-Native Species Benefit an Ecosystem?

Beyond Kudzu: Can Non-Native Species Benefit an Ecosystem?

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If you’ve worked on a project that calls for revegetation using native seeds, or if you’ve ever dealt with an area that’s overrun with an invasive species like the tenacious kudzu vine—considered a noxious weed in the US—you likely have an opinion about the introduction of non-native species to an  … Read More

Afforestation: Plant a Tree

Afforestation: Plant a Tree

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All of us have seen at some point the destruction caused by widespread deforestation: accelerated erosion, landslides, and, too often, financial hardship for the people living right on the slippery edge of their countries’ economies. In Haiti, for example, about 98% of the forests have been lost, first to farming  … Read More

“Some of These Areas Are Cancerous”

“Some of These Areas Are Cancerous”

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It’s easy for us to paint agricultural runoff as the culprit for many surface water ills, particularly excess nutrients, algae blooms, and dead zones like the one in the Gulf of Mexico. Lack of regulation on ag operations, and the voluntary nature of the conservation programs that do exist, leave  … Read More

Solving Dust and Erosion Problems

Solving Dust and Erosion Problems

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Dust—it’s everywhere, and seems to accumulate literally from thin air. It seems harmless but it is anything but that. Dramatic photos that captured the devastation of the central plains Dust Bowl of the Great Depression are compelling evidence of how dry, vulnerable soil, transported by wind, transforms the landscape.

While we  … Read More


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