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The potential of forest floor transfer for the reclamation of boreal forest understory plant communities Open Access

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Subject/Keyword
understory
salvage depth
boreal forest
reclamation
forest floor
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Fair, Jordana Michelle
Supervisor and department
Macdonald, S. Ellen (Renewable Resources)
Landhäusser, Simon (Renewable Resources)
Examining committee member and department
King, Jane (Agricultural, Food & Nutritional Science)
Department
Department of Renewable Resources
Specialization

Date accepted
2011-09-30T19:07:59Z
Graduation date
2011-11
Degree
Master of Science
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
We examined a direct forest floor transfer reclamation technique to establish a native boreal forest understory plant community on a reclamation site at a coal mine. Forest floor material was salvaged from an aspen-dominated (Populus tremuloides Michx.) donor forest at two depths (15 and 40 cm) and placed at a reclamation site at those same depths. We conducted vegetation surveys at the donor site prior to salvage and at the reclamation site in the first year. The surveys showed that the donor site had a later successional plant community than the reclamation site, which had a recently disturbed / early successional plant community. The 15 cm depth treatments had higher percent cover and species richness than the 40 cm treatment but the species compositions were similar. This reclamation technique shows potential to effectively establish a species-rich native understory forest plant community in the future.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3531T
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License granted by Jordana Fair (jmfair@ualberta.ca) on 2011-09-28T21:45:21Z (GMT): Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of the above terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis, and except as herein provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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