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Evaluating Establishment of Native Rhizomatous Grass Species for Reclaiming Sites in Southern Alberta with Limited Topsoil

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dc.contributor.advisor Karen, Landman
dc.contributor.author McGregor, Laura Elizabeth
dc.date.accessioned 2013-04-26T15:17:08Z
dc.date.available 2013-04-26T15:17:08Z
dc.date.copyright 2013-04
dc.date.created 2013-04-01
dc.date.issued 2013-04-26
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/6585
dc.description.abstract Anthropogenic disturbances to Alberta’s landscape have resulted in the widespread removal of indigenous plant communities. Steep slopes and limited topsoil are often barriers when trying to reestablish vegetation; however, native rhizomatous grass species have a number of traits that make them ideally suited to revegetate challenging sites. A field study evaluated the establishment of three species of native perennial rhizomatous grasses (Calamagrostis canadensis, Calamovilfa longifolia, and Hierochloe odorata) from three propagation methods. Initial results suggest that these species were able to establish and survive on these sites despite poor soil conditions. Establishment was poor in seeded plots (24.1%), but improved with root cuttings (75.9%) and nursery-grown plugs (96.3%). The use of vegetative establishment methods could increase the successful application of native grass species, and encourage their use in landscape design and restoration projects. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Thank you to Imperial Oil and the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation for providing financial and material support for this project. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Calamagrostis canadensis en_US
dc.subject Calamovilfa longifolia en_US
dc.subject Hierochloe odorata en_US
dc.subject reclamation en_US
dc.subject rhizomes en_US
dc.subject cost analysis en_US
dc.subject propagation method en_US
dc.subject establishment en_US
dc.subject prairie en_US
dc.subject landscape architecture en_US
dc.title Evaluating Establishment of Native Rhizomatous Grass Species for Reclaiming Sites in Southern Alberta with Limited Topsoil en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Landscape Architecture en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Landscape Architecture en_US
dc.degree.department School of Environmental Design and Rural Development en_US
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