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"A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself" - in @SITES_info, a #sustainable site starts with healthy #soil:

This article was developed with input from SITES Soil Technical Advisors. Soil is the living skin of our planet: the foundation of all terrestrial life, regulator of our atmosphere, ultimate recycler of our waste and source of our water, food and materials. But as we’ve populated this planet and shaped it to our needs, we have often forgotten how essential soil is for our very survival. Because soil formation is a slow process, it is critical to protect soil that is already healthy. For the SITES v2 rating system , this translates into conserving areas that are providing essential functions such as farmland, floodplains and wildlife habitat. That also means avoiding the disturbance or removal of other healthy soil found on-site, as well as importing soil from offsite greenfields or healthy farmland. Soil health is defined as the continued capacity of soil to function as a ...

Full article: http://www.sustainablesites.org/sites-and-soils-sustainab...

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