Application of ecological principles to accelerate reclamation of well pad sites, The
Western Colorado is experiencing a boom in natural gas development. However, the semi-arid ecosystems of this area have difficulty recovering from energy related disturbances. The purpose of this study was to improve reclamation techniques of natural gas well pads on the Western Slope of Colorado to establish viable native plant populations. The reclamation techniques studied are intended to repair damaged ecological processes and help guide the trajectory of natural plant succession toward a more desired plant community. The study examined the effects and interactions of seedbed preparation, ...
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