The Importance of Building and Retaining the Soil in Watershead Areas
With new developments in modern agriculture and vast areas of land being developed throughout the world, keeping our soil and building up the ground in watershed areas has never been more important. In order to properly develop the land, we must use what we have learned in the past and apply it to what we are doing now. If we do not learn, we are destined to repeat the hard earned mistakes others have suffered.
When using heavy machinery, the soil becomes compacted and vegetation is removed. These soils cannot absorb water and causes large amounts of runoff. This leads to flooding in areas where flooding was never a problem. It also leads to acidification in the soil.
The way to fix this problem is with vegetation. Even small scattered areas within a developed area. Without vegetation, the future use of the land and its impact on the surrounding lands is in question. The best soil is created by microorganisms and plant roots which are a vital part of the ecosystem. Areas must be set aside undeveloped in order to maintain harmony with the environment.
This may be difficult to attain with a limited resource such as land, but it is a necessary component. Even though current trends are to remove forest cover and reduce the number of trees, we have to be responsible and develop the land with future generations in mind.
Our ancestors have learned and taught us that throughout history, climate patterns have changed drastically. There can be serious repercussions for changing our natural landscape. Drought, famine, and sterilization of the land over history has shown us what improper land development can bring. We need to be proactive and start developing new coping mechanisms as quickly as possible to ensure that our future generations have usable and fertile land that can sustain the world’s population.