A Guide to Using Native Plants on Disturbed Lands

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A Guide to Using Native Plants on Disturbed Lands provides solid information for the reclamation industry, seed producers and nurseries, land management agencies, municipalities, landscapers and gardeners. The book lists the native plants suited to the various natural regions and site types across Alberta.

Detailed information about the ecology, reproduction, habitat and availability of:
    • 130 native grasses
    • 260 wildflowers
    • 80 shrubs
    • 13 tree species
Other features: tips on seeding rates, timing, and methods to reduce costs and seeding failures.

250 pages
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Table of Contents

Section 1 - Introduction

  • Purpose of the Guide
  • Background
  • Using Native Species: The Benefits and the Challenges
  • Different Approaches to Revegetation
  • Sensitive Sites
  • Using The Guide
  • Site Preparation, Seeding and Follow-up Care
  • Watercourse Crossings
  • Reforestation
  • Assessing the Success of Revegetation
  • Producing Native Seed/Plants
  • Looking Towards the Future
  • Literature Cited
  • Personal Communications
Section 2 - Vegetation Communities for the Natural Regions of Alberta
Part 1. Grassland Natural Region
  • Dry Mixed Grass and Mixed Grass Subregions
  • Foothills Fescue
  • Northern Fescue Subregion
Part 2. Parkland Natural Region
  • Central Parkland Subregion
  • Foothills Parkland Subregion
  • Peace River Parkland
Part 3. Rocky Mountain Natural Region
  • Montane Subregion
  • Subalpine Subregion
  • Alpine Subregion
Part 4. Foothills Natural Region
  • Lower Foothills Subregion
  • Upper Foothills Subregion
Part 5. Boreal Forest Natural Region
  • Dry Mixedwood Subregion
  • Central Mixedwood Subregion
  • Boreal Highlands Subregion
  • Subarctic Subregion
    References for Vegetation Communities
Section 3 - Native Plant Species Characteristics
  • Legend
  • Grasses and Grass-Like Plants
  • Forbs
  • Shrubs
  • Trees
Appendix A

Cultivars & Ecovars in Development in Western Canada

Appendix B
Native Seed/Plant Suppliers

Appendix C

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This document is maintained by Jennifer Rutter.
This information published to the web on May 1, 2001.
Last Reviewed/Revised on January 23, 2019.