Reclaiming industrial sites in Alberta's boreal forest is not always a straightforward process. The footprints left by infrastructure and equipment are often characterized by compacted mineral soils, loss of micro-topography, too much or too little water and competition. In addition, some natural site characteristics such as thick layers of moss can present constraints to tree establishment. These conditions often slow and even prevent growth.
Plant functional trait approach to assess the persistence of seismic line footprint in boreal peatlands of Alberta, Canada