Forestry and Transitional Range Biosolids Fertilization

In 2011, SYLVIS initiated forestry and transitional range biosolids fertilization programs at cattle ranches located in the Interior of British Columbia.  Since then, SYLVIS has provided municipalities and landowners with turn-key biosolids management programs whereby all regulatory compliance requirements and documentation, stakeholder consultation, project management and operational aspects of the program are provided by SYLVIS. 

In consultation with the landowners, SYLVIS has developed fertilization programs which meet their management goals to improve the long term productivity of the forested and transitional range land areas of their ranch. Biosolids beneficial use at ranches occur through improved soil water holding capacity, increased soil nutrient concentrations and increased organic matter content. Soil improvements will in turn increase forage biomass, improve forage quality and enhance tree growth rates immediately and over the proceeding 5 to 7 years after application. 

The majority of the land at ranches in the Interior of British Columbia consists of slopes and other terrain which traditional application equipment cannot access; however, these sites are ideal for the HERA (High Efficiency Residuals Applicator), a unique piece of equipment consisting of a side discharge Aerospreader unit mounted on a 25 tonne Volvo ADT rock truck.  The HERA was designed by SYLVIS for applications to forested areas as it spreads biosolids evenly up to 35 meters perpendicular from the unit, its maneuverability and its ability to climb slopes of more than 30 degrees.

Our fertilization program demonstrates SYLVIS’s ability to provide landowners with all aspects of a biosolids management program and the ability to implement application projects in areas where land productivity would otherwise be limited due to terrain characteristics. A biosolids fertilization program managed by SYLVIS allows ranchers to maximize the use of their deeded land pastures, increases weight gain in cattle and provide additional income through logging operations.