Resource Roads and Wetlands
Building and maintaining resource roads is a common activity across many industries operating in Canada’s boreal forest.
Because of the high density of wetlands in the boreal, it’s not always possible to avoid all wetlands when building roads. However, considering wetland type and how water moves through these wetlands when planning, designing and building resource roads can help reduce some of the challenges linked to this activity. These include flooding, rutting and compaction, bent culverts, erosion and sedimentation, resulting in increased maintenance costs and environmental and safety concerns.
DUC works with industry groups to learn more about how to design resource roads and to communicate this knowledge to planners and operators.
Contact the Best Management Practices team to learn more about resource roads and wetlands.