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Retention of wooded ecosystems and plant and lichen diversity on a First Nations Reserve compared to three other land uses in the Central Boreal Mixed-wood of northeast Alberta, Canada Open Access

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Subject/Keyword
plant and lichen diversity
First Nations Reserve
boreal mixed-wood
wooded retention
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Young, Natasha D
Supervisor and department
Gignac, L. Dennis (Campus St. Jean)
Examining committee member and department
Gamon, John (Earth and Atmospheric Sciences)
Gignac, L. Dennis (Campus St. Jean)
Kermoal, Nathalie (Campus St. Jean)
Department
Faculté Saint-Jean
Specialization
Études canadiennes (Environnement)
Date accepted
2014-01-03T15:48:57Z
Graduation date
2014-06
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
This thesis represents the first inquiry into the retention of wooded ecosystems and plant and lichen diversity in a First Nation compared to three other land use units within the boreal mixed-wood of Canada. Forest retention was highest in the Provincial Park, followed by the Métis Settlement and the First Nations Reserve, as compared to the surrounding agro-environment. The Park stands were mostly coniferous yet stands in all other land use units were predominantly deciduous. The First Nation was primarily unforested. The Park site housed two distinct forest types, accounting for the highest floral diversity levels. Next to the Park, fragmentation metrics in the Settlement were most favourable to the protection of regional diversity and the First Nation plots contributed the most rare species. We conclude that forest stands in the two aboriginal land use units offer valuable contributions to the flora of the region.
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English
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doi:10.7939/R37H6G
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