Early Stages Of Calcareous Soil Reclamation Along The TMX-Anchor Loop Pipeline In Jasper National Park

  • Author / Creator
    Cartier, Sarah B.
  • Research assessed early stages of calcareous soil reclamation along the TMX-Anchor Loop pipeline through Jasper National Park. Calcareous soils are low in nutrients and highly prone to erosion after disturbances. Four sites were established in each of five calcareous soils, and divided into three pipeline right-of-way areas; work, trench and spoil. Ten amendment treatments, established within each right-of-way areaincluded a control and combinations of wood chips, fertilizer and compost with some plots having amendments incorporated. Wood chip treatments decreased availability of soil nutrients, with small plants contributing to high vegetation densities and low cover. Compost treatments increased soil nutrients and aided large plant establishment, creating lower plant densities and higher cover. Light application rates were most successful, with higher native plant densities and cover in relation to heavy application rates, which encouraged robust non-native plants. Pipeline right-of-way areas had no overall impact on early reclamation success.

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    Fall 2010
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    Master of Science
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    University of Alberta
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  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Dr. Scott X. Chang (Renewable Resources)
    • Dr. Ania C. Ulrich (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
    • Dr. David S. Chanasyk (Renewable Resources)