Biohabitats’ Leaf Litter
Vol. 3 Number 4
Thoughts on Soil
Soil. It is one of the most essential natural resources on our planet, alongside air and water. It is, literally, the foundation for life. In fact, a mere teaspoonful of soil is believed to contain over 4 billion microorganisms (more than half of the human population)!
Soil growth is so slow, it is considered a non-renewable resource. The process of soil formation can take thousands of years. Yet threats such as erosion, climate change, deforestation, agriculture, resource extraction, pollution and poor land management are endangering soil all over the world.
Restoration efforts using compost material, plants, microbial communities, prescribed fire, land imprinting, and other methods are out there, but in general, when it comes to ecological restoration and conservation planning, this vulnerable, critical resource is often treated with little regard.
In this issue of Leaf Litter we attempt to bring this “dirty” issue to the surface, unearthing useful information, helpful resources and inspiring soil restoration pioneers along the way.
Further ReadingSustainability vs. Resiliency: Designing for a Trajectory of Change
Aloha: An unforgettable trip to the bathroom
Why do you feel ecological restoration is so important?
Election 2016: Down, but not out…
More From This AuthorA non-scientist’s take on biomimicry
One year later. Are we still “judging” species?
Healing Coastal Habitats
Making Connections to Save the Grizzly Bear
Tomorrow’s eco-professionals bring much needed hope – and action