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All About Swamp Mats

Swamp Mats
Swamp Mats

In the wilderness of Canada, there is a wide range of natural environments, ranging from the frozen tundras of the furthest reaches of the land all the way out to the warmer taigas of the southern reaches of the country. Across all of these areas, there is a great deal of economic potential, even inside the limits established to preserve the land itself, yet the lands do not always lend themselves well to being used for industry. While some flat, wooded sections merely need to be cleared carefully, other parts of the vast Canadian wilderness need a more thorough effort to make ready for human use.

This is particularly true of the swampy regions and muskegs of certain parts of the nation. While they fulfill a valuable use in keeping the ecology of the land functional, they are a less than ideal place to carry out much any industry. The ground is unstable and too soft for humans to comfortably travel through them, let alone the establishment of structures, while the near constant presence of water keeps most serious industry from coming anywhere near these regions. Still, these regions are a challenge that can be met, allowing the lands to be used by human beings, and with minimal damage to the ecological systems from even the most intense human efforts to tame the land.

One way to meet the challenge of Canada’s swampy regions is through swamp mats. Also called access mats, these devices serve a range of functions. First and most important, they serve to stabilize the earth so as to be able to move workers and equipment to where it needs to go inside of the work site. This is extremely important, as the structures provide a solid, stable surface that is not affected by the water at the surface of the ground or the rain and snow that tend to make the ground even wetter in the right season. Swamp mats, otherwise known as access mats, also preserve the delicate swamp ecosystems of the lands they’re laid down on, as well as most of the animal and plant life, while still allowing human industry to use the land and when people are done, they can just as quickly pack up and return the land to a relatively stable condition.

Access mats consist of long stretches of wooden mats of various woods that are carefully linked together to be strong enough to hold up even a heavy truck, while also being flat and light enough to be mass produced, provide a perfectly stable surface for human beings and their equipment. Whether the project is drilling for oil or building a canal, an access mat allows workers and equipment to reach a job site with minimal hassle, even across wet, hostile terrain like Canada’s famous muskegs. Northern Mat is a nationwide manufacturer and distributor of these mats and have a wide range of these products, useful for conquering all of Canada’s most rugged terrains in all directions of the compass.