ECOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION UPON MICHIGAN WOODLOTS AND WETLANDS: SOIL RELATIONSHIPS

Five woodland and five wet land areas representative of common situations encountered in highway location and planning studies were selected for analysis. A soil inventory was prepared for each area and the highway's impact on the soils was determined. The most significant effects of highway construction on the soil environment were the erosion of soil materials and the alteration of natural soil drainage conditions. Wetland areas are most sensitive to highway construction activities. Natural soil drainage conditions and circulation patterns are easily disrupted at these sites. Methods for predicting potential soil loss and potential changes in natural soil drainage conditions due to highway construction activities are suggested. The soil management group and unit designations used in Michigan are useful in making ecological impact predictions.

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    American Society of Agronomy, Incorporated

    677 South Segoe Road
    Madison, WI  United States  53711
  • Authors:
    • McLeese, R L
    • Whiteside, E P
  • Publication Date: 1977-12

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  • Accession Number: 00176590
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 29 1978 12:00AM