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Field protocol for assessing characteristic species thresholds in polygons on reclamation areas

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dc.contributor.author Futoransky, Vincent
dc.contributor.author Fuller, Robert
dc.contributor.author Donald, Gillian
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-12T19:47:29Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-12T19:47:29Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2429/43387
dc.description.abstract The Guidelines for Reclamation to Forest Vegetation in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region 2nd Edition defines criteria and indicators to measure reclamation success. To compare community composition of reclaimed areas with that of target communities a threshold number of characteristic species typical of the target community was developed for five site types. CEMA funded a study to assess characteristic species thresholds on reclamation areas with three objectives: 1) develop a field protocol for assessing characteristic species thresholds; 2) collect species composition and distribution data; and 3) assess the utility of characteristic species thresholds as an indicator of reclamation success. The study sampled 98 plot locations within 16 reclaimed polygons within two oil sands operations north of Fort McMurray, Alberta. The study showed that a minimum of 4 plots should be established within polygons ≤ 6 ha and a plot number equivalent to the polygon area in hectares minus 2 for polygons between 6 and 13 ha. Six of the 16 polygons evaluated achieved the threshold number. The results suggest that reclamation polygons 15-19 years of age can have sufficient species composition to be evaluated using the methods outlined in the manual and can be considered to be successfully reclaimed with respect to this indicator. en
dc.language.iso eng en
dc.relation.ispartof B.C. Mine Reclamation Symposium 2012 en
dc.relation.ispartofseries British Columbia Mine Reclamation Symposium 2012 en
dc.subject oil sands en
dc.subject certification en
dc.subject communities en
dc.subject guidelines en
dc.title Field protocol for assessing characteristic species thresholds in polygons on reclamation areas en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.text Conference Paper en
dc.description.affiliation Applied Science, Faculty of en
dc.description.affiliation Non UBC en
dc.description.reviewstatus Unreviewed en
dc.rights.copyright British Columbia Technical and Research Committee on Reclamation en
dc.description.scholarlevel Other en

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