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Soil Resources Management Objectives

Soil ruts on a tidal flat at Padre Island National Seashore, Texas.

Managing parks to preserve fundamental resources, processes, systems and values depends on sound soil resource management.

Detailed information about the physical, chemical, and biological properties of soils in parks is essential for park resource management and protection, as well as providing park managers with the ability to predict the behavior of a soil under a variety of uses.

Soil resources management objectives follow from the overall resource management objectives in NPS management policies:

  • Preserve intact, functioning, natural systems by preserving native soils and the processes of soil genesis in a condition undisturbed by humans to the greatest extent possible.
  • Maintain significant cultural objects and scenes by conserving soils consistent with maintenance of the associated historic practices, and by minimizing soil erosion to the greatest extent possible.
  • Protect property and provide safety by working to ensure that developments and their management take into account soil limitations, behavior, and hazards.
  • Minimize soil loss and disturbance caused by special use activities and ensure that soils retain their productivity and potential for reclamation.



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Last Updated: December 30, 2016