Fisheries and Land Resources

Forestry and Agrifoods

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Forest Resource Roads are constructed throughout the Province for a variety of users; the commercial harvest of timber for sawlogs and pulpwood being the primary one.

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Resource roads are typically constructed by excavators and are built to specifications developed and enforced by the Forest Resources.

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Siltation of streams and lakes is of utmost concern to the Department. Strict adherence to construction guidelines is mandatory.

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Steel culverts are used to control surface runoff and small streams. Proper installation requires placement of rock around pipe to prevent erosion of road.

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Small streams are normally spanned with wooden bridges, however in the instances of large streams and rivers, steel panel bridges are utilized.

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Filter fabric, seeding, straw bales and straw mats are used in situations where siltation may be of concern.

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While resource roads are available for public use; they are sometimes closed during periods of freeze and thaw to prevent excessive damage.

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Metal binwall abutments have replaced the wooden abutment. The steel binwall type abutment, when installed done properly, promises extended life and relatively little maintenance.

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Wire Gabion Baskets also used in place of wooden abutments, but more commonly used with wooded bridges 30 feet or less.

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In terms of safety, all new bridge installations now include the erection guardrails on any structure with a height greater than 2 m. Guardrails are erected on all four corners of the bridge, extending out at a slight angle (flaring) on the shoulders of the road to approximately 4.5m

 

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