Recreating peatland initiation conditions: methods for reclaiming peatlands in Alberta's oil sands region
Northern Alberta's oil sands deposit is the largest in the world and mining operations remove vast areas of upland forests and peatland ecosystems. Reclaiming peatland ecosystems is challenging as it takes thousands of years to reestablish peat soils to pre-disturbance extents. Practical approaches that are easy to implement are required to reclaim the tens of thousands of peatland hectares that have been lost to mining activities. My research focuses on developing reclamation methods that recreate peatland initiation conditions on mineral soil and apply assisted succession techniques by introducing ...
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