Recovery strategies for industrial development in native prairie in the Mixedgrass natural subregion of Alberta

Neville, M., J. Lancaster, B. Adams, P. Desserud

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Alberta’s Grassland Natural Region is significantly modified by land use practices.  The soils and climate of the Mixedgrass Natural Sub-region (MG) promote the spread of invasive plants when soil is disturbed. Minimizing soil disturbance and natural recovery are often the most effective strategies for restoring MG plant communities. This document identifies strategies designed to retain and restore native plant communities following industrial disturbance in the MG. This manual describes tools for planning native grassland retention and restoration, including pre-disturbance planning and recovery strategies, such as minimal disturbance, buffers, natural recovery and native seed mix design. Implementing a strategy is explained including site preparation, soil amendments and procuring native seed, then maintaining the pathway using invasive plant and grazing management, and long-term monitoring. Appendices include a summary of regional reclamation studies and suitable seed mixes to develop target plant communities for ecological range sites common in the MG.

STAPER categories:
  • C1: Identify appropriate measures for conducting ecosystem restoration
  • C2: Consider how restoration can support sustainability of agriculture/production
  • C3: Develop ecosystem restoration plans with clear/measurable objectives and goals  
  • C5: Implement the measures
  • D1: Assess the efficacy and effects of implementing the ecosystem restoration plan
  • D2: Adjust plans, expectations, procedures, and monitoring through adaptive management

Resource Type:
Technical Document

Range Resource Management Branch, Public Lands Division, Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development