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no compassion for compaction, october 2014

SERCAL Soil Workshop and Low-Ground Pressure Equipment Test Drive at Habitat Restoration Services in Carlsbad, CA

In habitat restoration, we have no “compassion for compaction”, which has required us to adapt the equipment we use on our projects to fit our needs. CAT equipment such as backhoes, loaders, skid steers, dozers and excavators are often needed during the initial site preparation phase of a restoration project for vegetation removal, grading, ripping, tilling, and any other earthwork; however, large equipment will leave the soil compacted and no prepared for planting or seeding which are the next phases of work. 

The morning started off with an advanced soils workshop presented by the guru of soil himself, Vic Claassen, who demonstrated a useable water reserve in a non-irrigation field that was only 12 inches below the surface. 

And then came the afternoon of test-driving the heavy machinery — led by HRS staff Mark Girard and Kevin DiSabatino. Participants learned how to choose the right equipment for your jobsite as well as the required safety protocols for the operators and those working around the equipment as well.