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Designing resilient forests on reclaimed lands Dr. Simon Landhäusser

Dr. Simon Landhäusser’s research focuses on the role of trees in the rebuilding of disturbed ecosystems. In particular, his team focuses on aspen, which can reproduce from its spreading root system and stimulates forest floor development through its annual leaf litter. He is also studying the long-term water requirements of forests on reclaimed landscapes, and is testing the role of site preparation, planting density and other techniques on the longterm viability of these forests. Simon is recognized for his ability to develop operational applications and has already contributed to “game changing” technologies for developing aspen seedlings.

Simon’s team is also: • ‘Hiding’ nutrients so they are available to trees rather than weedy species • Using ‘islands’ of forest floor material to help establish native forest understory species in reclaimed sites, while maximizing use of this limited resource • Constructing reclaimed forests that have the water they require for long-term growth, while ensuring water availability for the surrounding landscape

Increasing the planting density of trees promotes canopy development, but is there a limit to the number of trees a reclaimed landscape can support?

UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA, FACULTY OF AGRICULTURAL, LIFE & ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

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