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The boreal forest is a major ecosystem in Alberta, subject to a number of anthropogenic disturbances such as oil and gas extraction. Prior to disturbance, top soils are salvaged for use in future reclamation projects; however, a large portion of this soil ends up in stockpiles, undergoing changes...
Rangelands, a natural ecosystem widespread in Canada, are an important source of land for animal production. Around 26 million ha of rangelands are utilized for beef production and in Alberta, this ecosystem accounts for 6.6 million ha which provides up to 50% of total forage for livestock. To...