Biosolids are a good source of nutrients since they act as a slow-release fertilizer that supplies the most essential elements needed to increase the growth of trees in forestlands. The most important nutrients are found in biosolids, including nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium.
The application of biosolids on forestlands has been increasing because of the need to protect forest-related products, as well as the humongous increase of the cost of commercial fertilizers. The cost of using biosolids is now more economical, thanks to the more welcoming attitude of the general public to its presence in the community.
Be prepared to talk with neighbors
Forestland owners who plan to use biosolids on their property should be able to talk with their neighbors. They should be prepared to explain the benefits of biosolids and how this could benefit the whole community. To do that, they must have proper knowledge about what biosolids are, where it comes from, how it is produced, and what benefits it could provide the forestlands. Since biosolids is a by-product of sewage sludge and wastewater treatment process, there is a certain “yuck” reaction from the general public.
As someone who has worked with biosolids, you should be patient about explaining certain factors and concepts to the neighborhood where the biosolids are being applied.
Don’t rely on the internet for information
The information you can find on the internet about biosolids can be confusing and scary. There are a lot of negative write-ups about biosolids that your neighborhood may find its presence in the community questionable.
Because of this and the temporary odors from biosolids, the general public may question the use of biosolids on farms, agricultural lands, and forests. They may even question the production of soil amendments such as compost, though this is a practice used even in the backyard of your own home.
What you can do as a forestland owner about to apply biosolids on your soil is to go to the library and do your research through journals, newspaper clippings, books, and academic papers written about biosolids. They will not only give you a good overview of what biosolids are and how they could benefit the community, but you will be able to field questions and negative connotations about it, too.
Applying biosolids on forestlands has much more benefit than the negative impacts and effects we see about it on the internet. As long as you have the proper knowledge and facts, you should be able to explain clearly to your community how the presence of biosolids could boost employment and the harvesting of timber and other forest-related products.