Kalkaska -- Michigan State Soil
Kalkaska Soil Profile
|The Kalkaska series is one of the earliest soil series
to be recognized in Michigan. It was first described in 1927, in Kalkaska County, which is
the source of the series name. Kalkaska soils occur in both the Upper and Lower Peninsulas
of Michigan and in 29 of the states 83 counties. There are over 750,000 acres of
these soils in Michigan. Public Act 302, the State Soil Bill, enacted on December 4, 1990,
established the Kalkaska series as the Official State Soil.
Kalkaska soils formed in sandy deposits left by the glaciers that once covered Michigan. These soils are used primarily for hardwood timber, namely sugar maple and yellow birch. Some areas are used for the production of Christmas trees or for specialty crops, such as potatoes and strawberries. The soils also are used for wildlife habitat and building site development.
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