Why do forest soils need to be managed?

Forest soils are an important natural resource in the United States. Almost one-third of U.S. soil is in forests. These include highly managed forest plantations, farm woodlots, national forests and parks, urban forests, and vast wilderness areas. All these different types of forests require healthy soils to thrive and to provide goods, like timber, and … Continue reading Why do forest soils need to be managed?

What is the Critical Zone?

Critical Zone science is a new field of science that links together many existing fields.  It studies water, air, ecosystems and hard rock geology but it is not soil science. However, Critical Zone science is built upon many of the same ideas and principles of soil science. What makes Critical Zone science different is that … Continue reading What is the Critical Zone?