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Establishing a process for a wetland vegetation rehabilitation and management program focused on reed canarygrass: A Parkland Mews case study

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dc.contributor.supervisor Baydack, Rick (Environment and Geography) en_US
dc.contributor.author Officer, Rob
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-19T22:12:05Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-19T22:12:05Z
dc.date.issued 2012-09-19
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1993/8884
dc.description.abstract Wetland value is threatened by invasive plant species such as Reed Canarygrass (Phalaris arundinacea). Hence the research objectives of this project were to determine if reed canarygrass abundance has an effect on plant species diversity and assess the effectiveness of novel treatments on reed canarygrass control in a constructed wetland. Four treatments (mowing, herbicide, mowing plus herbicide, and a control) followed by broadcast seeding were applied to regulate growth of reed canarygrass. Principal components analysis, biodiversity measures, and ANOVA were used to identify community composition, quantify biodiversity values and identify treatment differences respectively. Results indicated differences in species composition between east and west blocks of the study site, reed canarygrass abundance appears to keep plant species diversity low, indigenous species were rare, and reed canarygrass was resistant to treatments.The results of this study are not surprising considering there is little evidence that treatments for reed canarygrass control are effective. en_US
dc.subject Reed canarygrass en_US
dc.subject Invasive species en_US
dc.subject Wetlands en_US
dc.subject Control en_US
dc.subject Management en_US
dc.subject Diversity en_US
dc.title Establishing a process for a wetland vegetation rehabilitation and management program focused on reed canarygrass: A Parkland Mews case study en_US
dc.degree.discipline Environment and Geography en_US
dc.contributor.examiningcommittee Walker, Dave (Environment and Geography) Markham, John (Biological Sciences) Haufler, Jon (Ecosystem Management Research Institute) en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Environment (M.Env.) en_US
dc.description.note October 2012 en_US


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