The careful protection of soil and water is fundamental to wild land management – this includes the protection of peatlands, which are an important carbon store. Overgrazing and muirburn, which can damage habitats and the underlying soil, should be avoided.
Flood regulation works according to the land’s capability to absorb rainfall and release it slowly over time. The natural capability of wild land to hold water in the upper level of the catchment area is a valuable ecosystem service. Drainage or felling operations that could exacerbate flood conditions downstream should be avoided. See Ecosystem services and Biodiversity for more information.
Standards 5-7 relate to the management of soil and water