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Effectiveness of soil amendments and revegetation treatments at Huckleberry Mine, Houston, British Columbia

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dc.contributor.author Carson, Allan W.
dc.contributor.author Rutherford, P. Michael
dc.contributor.author Burton, Philip J.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-11T22:59:28Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-11T22:59:28Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2429/43374
dc.description.abstract Supplies of topsoil are often limited for use in mine reclamation activities; it may be necessary to build soils using locally available substrates. Revegetation test plots were established at Huckleberry Mine, Houston, B.C., to investigate the performance of seven native plant species treatments on stockpiled topsoils amended with (or without) non-acid generating (NAG) sand (obtained from desulphurized copper tailings) and NPK fertilizer. Seeding treatments (single or mixed species) consisted of species native to the mine site (local genotype) obtained from commercial seed (mixed genotype). Soil sampling and vegetation monitoring were conducted during two growing seasons. NAG sand reduced some soil properties conducive to plant growth (e.g. cation exchange capacity), yet plant performance was not significantly lower than in soil-only plots. When combined with a fertilizer, plant performance significantly increased over non-amended topsoils. Trace element concentrations in supplemented soils were low and should not adversely affect plants or the local environment. Plant performance of blue wildrye (mixed genotype variety) was shown to be higher than all other species examined and is suggested as the best candidate for the revegetation at Huckleberry Mine. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries British Columbia Mine Reclamation Symposium 2012 en_US
dc.subject reclamation en_US
dc.subject stockpiled topsoil en_US
dc.subject amendments en_US
dc.subject native plant species en_US
dc.subject desulphurized tailings en_US
dc.subject fertilizer en_US
dc.title Effectiveness of soil amendments and revegetation treatments at Huckleberry Mine, Houston, British Columbia en_US
dc.type text en_US
dc.type.text conference Paper en_US
dc.description.affiliation Applied Science, Faculty of en_US
dc.description.affiliation Non UBC en_US
dc.description.reviewstatus Unreviewed en_US
dc.rights.copyright British Columbia Technical and Research Committee on Reclamation en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Other en_US


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