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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_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries British Columbia Mine Reclamation Symposium 2012 en_US
dc.subject oil sands en_US
dc.subject certification en_US
dc.subject communities en_US
dc.subject guidelines en_US
dc.title Field protocol for assessing characteristic species thresholds in polygons on reclamation areas 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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