2004 Terrestrial Studies in the Deh Cho Region
Principal Investigator: Povey, Andrew (93)
Licence Number: 13673
Organization: Mackenzie Project Environment Group
Licenced Year(s): 2004 2003 2002
Issued: Jul 07, 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 vegetation will occur at potential infrastructure sites, roads, and borrow pits, as well as at select locations along the pipeline study corridor. Rare plant reconnaissance surveys will be conducted at potential infrastructure sites, roads, and borrow pits, as well as at selected sites along the pipeline corridor. Soil samples will be collected within the proposed study corridor and at locations of previous ground disturbance (such as the Enbridge pipeline). An aerial surveillance of the Mackenzie River and bank areas will be conducted to identify and document existing erosion and mass movement occurrences. The information from this study 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.