The emphasis of this course (offered through Columbia Mountain Institute of Applied Ecology) is to record accurate soil description data for subsequent soil classification in the field and verify with other groups. Techniques will be demonstrated to improve the quality of field determinations for soil texture, soil colour and % coarse fragment content. Soil remediation factors will be discussed in the field relating to agriculture, forestry, mining and oil & gas.
Participants can expect to be able to describe and classify forest soils by the end of the course. They will have a couple of new field techniques to improve the quality of their soils data. They will be able to determine the % sand in the field to aid in soil texture determination, using the “spoon” method invented by the instructor. They will have applied soil properties to assess soil salvage, soil remediation, restoration and reclamation activities.
The course is 3 days in duration. The first day (am) there will be a morning introduction, best practices for soil pit excavation, review of soil description technical data and soil ID (classification). The remainder of the course will be in the field. Participants will describe & record soil horizon designations & depths for organic and mineral layers, soil texture, soil colour, % coarse fragments, structure, pH, roots, pores, carbonates, effervescence, clay skins, mottles, rooting depth, drainage, seepage water depth and root restricting layers. Horizon designation & other factors will be used to classify the soil.
Mr. Wayne A. Blashill is a Professional Agrologist (PAg) with 40 years of experience in soils and ecology work. He has worked throughout BC, also in Alta, Sask. and in the USA on soil survey, TEM and PEM. He is currently a consultant in Summerland, BC.
Wayne will be assisted by Deepa Spaeth Filatow (P.Geo, A.Ag., Ministry of Environment) and Chuck Bulmer (Soil Scientist, BC Ministry of Forests lands and Natural Resource Operations).
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