Alaskan Soils and Environmental Concerns for Realty
This course was designed by the Fairbanks Soil & Water Conservation District, with funding from the US Fish & Wildlife Service. The Alaskan environment presents unique challenges when building homes and it is important for anyone working in the real estate sector to understand these challenges. In particular, soil conditions can have a huge impact on the value and long term condition of a home. Permafrost and frost heaving have done millions of dollars’ worth of damage to homes and other structures in Interior and Northern Alaska. Having a basic understanding of soils, permafrost, and the proper precautions to take will ensure that your buyers make a good investment. This course will teach you about soil characteristics and how they affect real estate, as well as touching on air and water quality issues common in Alaska. You will learn some tools available to help evaluate the soil and water characteristics of a property. The course also includes information about wildlife habitat, gardens, and water management solutions.