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Research

The Rangeland Research Institute provides researchers with opportunity to conduct a wide range of short- and long-term research projects focused on providing a solid scientific foundation for the sustainable management of rangelands.

We support research that combines expertise and approaches from a variety of academic disciplines and addresses issues related to the competing demands of ecosystem conservation and resource use, including energy exploration and extraction, grazing, water management, wildlife management and biodiversity conservation, and sustainable landscape management.

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Impact of microsites on reclamation of Alberta native grasslands

This research investigates whether microsites enhance germination, emergence and establishment of seeded native forb and grass species. Dr. Naeth and co-investigator Dr. Anayansi Cohen Fernandez (Post Doctoral Fellow, Department of Renewable Resources) applied micro topographic treatments, including depressions (pits), mounds and flat land, to experimental plots at the Mattheis Research Ranch, at a reclaimed well site (Devonian Botanic Garden) and a landfill (Elk Island National Park) in the asp...
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Hay mulching for revegetation of Alberta native grasslands

Dr. Naeth and co-investigator Dr. Federico Mollard (Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Renewable Resources) applied native hay and wheat straw to cultivated plots at the Mattheis Research Ranch to determine whether these techniques facilitate germination, emergence and establishment of seeded native forb and grass species. They found that hay mulching increased emergence of slender wheatgrass and blue flax seedlings relative to bare ground. Canadian milkvetch seedling emergence was more than te...
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