Soil protection

Soil protection

High priority must by given to soil protection when using forest machinery, otherwise soil functions could be impaired in the long term.

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What are the benefits of half-loading vehicles during timber extraction?

The Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL tested whether it would be less damaging to the soil in logging trails if vehicles were only loaded to half-capacity during timber extraction.

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Take care of the soil

Forest soils are made up of solid substances and pores. This can be impaired or destroyed through inappropriate utilization of forestry vehicles. Factors involving the machines as well as organization should be taken into consideration.

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Soil microorganisms as indicators for heavily compacted wheel tracks

Soil microorganisms are good indicators for mechanical pressure on soil, because they register the effects on the spot. They can, for example, be used as indicators for heavily compacted wheel tracks.

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