Competition Considerations When Using Soil Strippings for Reclamation of Industrial Disturbances

Amanda Schoonmaker
Catherine Brown
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In recent years, operators have been working towards the reclamation, and ultimately, certification of industrial disturbance sites. One challenge is aggressive colonization of agronomic vegetation, which out-competes desirable plant species. Sod-forming rhizomatous grasses are of particular concern as they can preclude ingress of desirable native forest plant species. The intent of this technical note is to illustrate the short-term vegetation development effects of actively spreading soil strippings on recently reclaimed well sites.

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