Land improvement

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Land improvement or land amelioration refers to investments making land more usable by humans. For the purposes of accounting, land improvements refer to any variety of projects that increase the value of the property. Most are depreciable, but some land improvements are not able to be depreciated because a useful life cannot be determined.

Land Improvement History[edit]

  • Home building and containment were two of the most historical common improvements.

Home building pertains to anything from a house made of all stone, or a shack made of sticks. Containment consists of items such as walls, fences, roads, paths and gates.

Agricultural land improvement[edit]

Agriculturally, amelioration includes:

Soil remediation[edit]

Uncontrolled use of the land may damage the soil, requiring measures for combatting soil degradation, such as:

Preventing the Destruction of Habitats[edit]

  • Putting up fences, paths and/or gates, providing a path for animals.
  • Soil conservation efforts and keeping certain green land untouched to avoid negative impacts on wildlife.

Geography improvement[edit]

  • Building canals, drains or any diversion project may be used to make unusable land suitable for human activities.
  • Bridging over dry washes to avoid any type of flooding or road washouts.

Urban land improvement[edit]

In an urban context, land improvements include:

  • Clearing, terracing or leveling of the land;
  • Access roads, walkways and parking lots;
  • Fences and hedges;
  • Landscaping;
  • Service connections to municipal services and public utilities;
  • Drainage and irrigation systems;
  • External lighting;

Ecological problems[edit]

Massive land amelioration without proper consideration of ecological and geological consequences may lead to disastrous results, such as:

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