2004 Terrestrial Studies in the Gwich'in Settlement Area
Principal Investigator: Povey, Andrew (93)
Licence Number: 13644
Organization: Mackenzie Project Environment Group
Licenced Year(s): 2005 2004 2003 2002
Issued: Jun 25, 2004
Project Team: Dave Reid,

Objective(s): Imperial Oil Resources Ventures Limited, Aboriginal Pipeline Group, ConocoPhillips Canada (north) Limited, Shell Canada Limited, and ExxonMobil Canada Properties are continuing baseline studies begun in 2001 as part of the Mackenzie Gas Project. Local knowledge and technical/scientific research, in combination with a synthesis of existing technical information, is being used to develop a suitable knowledge base for planning, assessment of impacts and development of environmental protection plans. This portion of the project will involve terrestrial studies (vegetation and soils investigations). The primary goals are to classify and map vegetation, landforms, soils and permafrost, to identify locations of rare plants and uncommon plant communities, and conduct soil sampling. Classification of terrestrial resources will occur at potential infrastructure sites, roads, and borrow pits, as well as at select locations along the proposed and alternate pipeline corridors. Detailed rare plant surveys will occur where the footprint is reasonable well defined, for example the Inuvik facility. An aerial surveillance of the Mackenzie River and bank areas will be conducted to identify and document existing erosion and mass movement occurrences. This information is required to assess the potential impacts of the project to terrestrial resources and plan strategies to minimize or avoid impacts to sensitive or valued terrestrial features.