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Identifying less flammable native vegetation for use in linear corridors





Greg Baxter (Lead)

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Over the past several years, Alberta has experienced a number of large and challenging wildfires where cured grass within a linear corridor was a contributing factor. Cured grasses are capable of igniting easily and can support very high rates of spread. This project aimed to identify less flammable native vegetation that could replace grass in linear corridors.

In partnership with Alberta Innovates Technology Futures, researchers first selected and tested seven native Alberta species. Planting and burn trials took place from 2005 to 2008 under very controlled settings in Vegreville, AB. From these results, researchers selected three species to plant in a natural setting near Chisholm, AB. Planting took place in 2008 and 2009, and the sites were burned in 2010.

The results from this study are currently being implemented by Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development in a larger area around Chisholm, AB. For more information, contact Greg Baxter.

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