When planning and implementing management activities using soildisturbance classes, this process may be helpful:
Collect existing information on the project area.
Review current and past aerial photography.
Obtain documentation of previous management activities (if available).
Review existing soil-survey information.
Determine soil-resource issues.
Conduct onsite investigations to determine soil characteristics and impacts of past management activities. Disturbance classes can be used to quantify management impacts on soils. (Follow the Forest Soil Disturbance Monitoring Protocol, volume 2.)
Determine the risk of soil disturbance resulting from planned management activities (equipment, fire) using current risk-rating models.
Establish desired soil conditions and develop project-design features needed to achieve them.
Conduct post-project monitoring following the national protocol to determine if desired soil conditions have been met.
Adjust soil risk ratings if needed.
Coordinate with the regional soil scientist on the need for more quantitative monitoring.
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