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Using waste to develop soils and plant communities Dr. M. Anne Naeth

Land reclamation provides the perfect opportunity to use materials for soil building and plant community development that would otherwise end up in landfills.


Dr. M. Anne Naeth is working on innovative, cost effective ways to build soil for the establishment of vegetation on reclamation sites. Her team is investigating the effectiveness of using on-site waste materials – such as processed kimberlite, mine tailings and municipal solid waste – to enhance degraded soil. Anne is an experienced researcher with a large team of graduate students addressing a wide variety of challenges in land reclamation and restoration associated with the mining (diamonds, coal, metals) and the oil and gas sector.


Anne’s team is also: • Re-introducing native plant communities through innovative use of forest floor material (LFH) and woody debris • Working in the sub-arctic tundra to build soils and reintroduce moss and lichen communities as first steps in ecological restoration • Studying bioremediation of contaminated soils to reduce the need to store them in contaminated waste sites

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