Research Goal

To provide the Schofield family with critical soil-knowledge based information with which to make informed land-use decisions.

Research Objectives

  1.   Characterize soil variability across the study    site

  -- Select 8 soil pit locations in representative landscape positions
  -- Describe, photograph, and sample the 8 soil profiles exposed
  -- Analyze soil samples for particle-size distribution and organic car     
bon content

  1.   Identify limitations and limiting factors, if any,   for specific land-uses.

  -- Compare field descriptions with description    of map units
  -- identify capability classes and make  specific recommendations
for:

   -- agricultural land-use (row, specialty, greenhouse crops
and pasture
   -- commercial timber species and suitable tree, shrub,
and vine species for surburban landscaping
   -- suitability for restoration/creation of native  prairie, upland
gamebird habitat, and whitetail deer habitat
   -- suitability for restoration/creation of wetlands  and migra
tory waterfowl habitat
   -- recreational land-use (ranging from camping and picnick
ing to golf courses)
   -- industrial and commercial construction
   -- residential development
   -- a source for material resources (sand, gravel, fill, topsoil;
and terrace, levee, or diversion embankments)


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