The Guidelines for Reclamation to Forest Vegetation in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region, 2nd Edition (2009) is used by oil sands operators in the development of revegetation plans for reclamation of terrestrial ecosystems. Operators are required to use the Guideline under their Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA) approvals. The Guideline provides direction on planting vegetation for wildlife habitat and traditional uses, as well as where issues such as salinity are present. The fact sheets on native plants provide direction on propagation and establishment. Using salvaged forest floor as a source of plant propagules is also discussed. The first edition of the Guidelines for Reclamation to Forest Vegetation in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region (1998) was prepared by the Oil Sands Vegetation Reclamation Committee and released in 1998. The Guideline was recognized as a ‘living’ document that would require periodic updates as new data became available to improve reclamation practices in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region.
Guidelines, Reclamation, Forest, Vegetation, Athabasca, Oil, Sands, Region, Dec 2009
|Orig. pub. date:||2010-05-04|
|Author:||Terrestrial Subgroup Cumulative Environmental Management Association|