Endemic, Rare, and Endangered Soils
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Hole (1974) was a forerunner in recognizing the need to protect the “wild” soils surrounding our wild rivers. He identified “wild” soils as those which still function as integral parts of native ecosystems. He used the Pine-Popple Rivers basin in Florence County as an example of an area with wild soils. These soils were considered to be “wild” because of their importance in protecting riparian resources. Drohan and Farnham (2006) proposed that rare and threatened soils be recognized in the USA.