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Pittstown Soils

Soil Map Unit Description from the RI Soil Survey Report

PmA—Pittstown silt loam, 0 to 3 percent slopes.

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This nearly level, moderately well drained soil is on the crests of glacial upland hills and drumlins. Areas are oval and range mostly from 3 to 20 acres.

Typically the surface layer is very dark grayish brown silt loam about 8 inches thick. The subsoil is 20 inches thick. It is dark yellowish brown and olive brown silt loam that is mottled in the lower part. The substratum is olive gray, mottled channery silt loam to a depth of 60 inches or more.

Included with this soil in mapping are small areas of well drained Newport soils and poorly drained Stissing soils. Also included are small areas of soils with stones on the surface. Included areas make up about 10 per cent of this map unit.

The permeability of this soil is moderate in the surface layer and subsoil and slow in the substratum. Available water capacity is moderate, and runoff is slow. This soil has a seasonal high water table at a depth of about 20 inches from late fall through mid spring. The soil is very strongly acid through medium acid.

This soil is suited to woodland, but most areas are cleared and used for farming or nursery stock.

This soil is suitable for community development but is limited by the high water table and the slow permeability of the substratum. Onsite sewage disposal systems need special design and installation. If suitable outlets are available, subsurface drains can be used to help prevent wet basements. Roads and streets need careful design to prevent frost heaving. Quickly establishing plant cover helps to control erosion during construction.

This soil is suited for farming. It dries out and warms up slowly in the spring, limiting early planting and machinery operation. Drainage is needed. The use of cover crops and the return of crop residue to the soil help to maintain tilth and organic matter content.

This soil is suited to woodland wildlife habitat and openland wildlife habitat. It is poorly suited for wetland wildlife habitat. Capability subclass I woodland group 3o.

Soil Map Unit Description from the RI Soil Survey Report

PmB—Pittstown slit loam, 3 to 8 percent slopes.

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This gently sloping, moderately well drained soil is on side slopes of glacial upland hills and drumlins. Areas are oval and range mostly from 5 to 100 acres.

Typically the surface layer is very dark grayish brown silt loam about 8 inches thick. The subsoil is 20 inches thick. It is dark yellowish brown and olive brown silt loam that is mottled in the lower part. The substratum is olive gray, mottled channery silt loam to a depth of 60 inches or more.

Included with this soil in mapping are small areas of well drained Newport soils and poorly drained Stissing soils. Also included are small areas of nearly level soils, that have slopes of more than 8 percent, and stony soils. Included areas make up about 10 percent of this map unit.

The permeability of this soil is moderate in the surface layer and subsoil and slow in the substratum. Available water capacity is moderate, and runoff is medium. This soil has a seasonal high water table at a depth of about 20 inches from late fall through midspring. The soil is very strongly acid through medium acid.

The soil is suitable for trees, but most areas are cleared and used for farming or openland wildlife habitat.

This soil is suitable for community development but is limited by the seasonal high water table and the slow permeability of the substratum. Onsite sewage disposal systems need special design and installation. Roads and streets need careful design to prevent frost heaving. If suitable outlets are available, subsurface drains can be used to help prevent wet basements. Straw bale sediment barriers and quickly establishing plant cover help to control erosion during construction.

The soil is suited to farming. It dries out and warms up slowly in the spring, limiting early planting and machinery operation. The use of cover crops, diversions, stripcropping, and artificial drainage and the return of crop residue to the soil are suitable farming management practices.

This soil is suited to woodland wildlife habitat and openland wildlife habitat. It is poorly suited for wetland wildlife habitat because it is too dry during the summer. Capability subclass IIw; woodland group 3o.

Soil Map Unit Description from the RI Soil Survey Report

PnB—Pittstown very stony silt loam, 0 to 8 percent slopes.

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This nearly level to gently sloping, moderately well drained soil is on side slopes and crests of glacial upland hills and drumlins. Stones and boulders cover 2 to 10 percent of the surface. Areas are oval and range mostly from 5 to 80 acres.

Typically the surface layer is very dark grayish brown silt loam about 5 inches thick. The subsoil is 20 inches thick. It is dark yellowish brown and olive brown silt loam that is mottled in the lower part. The substratum is olive gray, mottled channery silt loam to a depth of 60 inches or more.

Included with this soil in mapping are small areas of well drained Newport soils and poorly drained Stissing soils. Also included are small areas of soils that have slopes of more than 8 percent and small areas of soils that do not have stones or boulders on the surface. Included areas make up about 10 percent of this map unit.

The permeability of this soil is moderate in the surface layer and subsoil and slow in the substratum. Available water capacity is moderate, and runoff is slow to medium. This soil has a seasonal high water table at a depth of about 20 inches from late fall through midspring. The soil is very strongly acid through medium acid.

Most areas of the soil are in woodland or are cleared and used for pasture.

This soil is suitable for community development but is limited by the seasonal high water table and the slow permeability of the substratum. Onsite sewage disposal systems need special design and installation. Roads and streets need careful design to prevent frost heaving. Subsurface drains help prevent wet basements, and the stones and boulders on the surface need to be removed for landscaping. The use of straw bale sediment barriers, quickly establishing plant cover, and the use of temporary diversions and siltation basins help to prevent erosion during construction.

The stones and boulders on the surface make this soil unsuitable for cultivated crops and severely hinder the use of farming equipment. The hazard of erosion is slight to moderate.

This soil is suited to woodland wildlife habitat. It is poorly suited to openland wildlife habitat or wetland wild life habitat. Capability subclass VIs; woodland group 3o.
 

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