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Rubicon eroded soil

This photograph shows an eroded Rubicon soil which is commonly referred to as "blowsand". Rubicon soils are rich soils that support the productive Northern hardwood cover type, but when their organic horizon is stripped to expose the mineral soil, it will only support lichens, stunted pines and very weak oaks in sparse abundance. The only way to make the soil productive once again is to add organic material to it.  It would be very difficult to replace what has been lost on the degraded soil to bring it back to its former consistency, but it can be productive once again.  These areas are like magnets for illegal off-road vehicle operators. It is best to try and block vehicular access to the areas as ORV operation on the soils will further degrade them, causing severe erosion problems.