Duckboards are slats of wood
lain across trench
, or trails
to facilitate movement. They serve to maintain traction
in flooded or muddy fields. The advantage to using duckboards in wilderness
areas, rather than the creation of raised gravel
trails, is that duckboards can be removed, having had little effect on the ecology
In the food service industry, duckboards keep perishable foods off of earthen or cement floors in the eventuality of flooding. Instead of large slats of wood, duckboards are often made of plastic or of split bamboo.
In photography, a duckboard in a development tank allows for the circulation of chemicals, and circulates pockets of accumulated heat, keeping the temperature even.