Resource roads and wetlands:
a guide for planning, construction and maintenance
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The typically saturated and poor bearing capacity soils found in wetlands present unique challenges for road designers and construction crews. The Resource roads and wetlands guide, prepared by FPInnovations and Ducks Unlimited Canada, addresses these challenges by focusing on two primary issues:
• Ensuring that resource roads that cross wetlands function at the required design and performance levels to allow forest access and hauling operations in a cost-effective manner
• Reducing the impacts of resource roads on the flow characteristics of wetlands.
This guide is directed at road managers, planners, and construction crews who are engaged in the planning, construction, and maintenance of resource roads across wetlands. It is also intended to assist anyone concerned with the management of resource roads and those involved in mitigating the impact of forest management activities on wetland processes and values.
You will learn about practices to aid with planning, constructing, and maintaining high-performing resource roads; these practices also minimize the impacts of resource roads on wetland hydrology and processes.
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The guide was funded by Natural Resources Canada and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program. It also received support from project partners and review committee members.
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