Pulverized Paper as a Soil Carbon Source for Degraded Training Lands
US Army ERDC-CERL Champaign
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This report summarizes a project to demonstrate and validate the utilization of pulverized classified paper waste as a soil amendment to improve degraded training lands. Military training lands are often lacking in soil organic matter, which improves water infiltration and nutrient and moisture retention. Further, when these lands are disturbed, nutrient availability favors weed establishment and makes restoration to desirable native plant communities difficult. High carbon C wastes are able to alleviate these problems but due to cost and availability are often not feasible. Federal regulations require that classified paper be pulverized to very small fragments, which negates their recyclability.
- Geology, Geochemistry and Mineralogy
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