Soil and Water

The long-term productivity and resilience of the forest depends on the maintenance of appropriate levels of soil-oxygen, nutrients and organic matter, as well as abundant and clean water.

Model Forests promote the conservation and regeneration of soil and water by:

  • Highlighting the relationships between soil and water and the sustainable use and maintenance of forest cover
  • Fostering a holistic approach that recognized the relationship between maintaining hydrological and nutrient cycles and maintaining forest cover
  • Recognizing that sustainably managing watersheds, including reducing or mitigating erosion and flooding, is imperative to safeguarding invaluable water resources for humans and wildlife
  • Recognizing that the scope of Model Forest operations must reflect all the forest’s uses and values and that watersheds are the ideal scale for this approach

 Please go to the Activities Database to see the Model Forests working on this theme.