Northern Native Seed Development Field Trials

Regions: Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Gwich'in Settlement Area

Tags: biology, land reclamation, native plants, botany, plant productivity

Principal Investigator: Trimble, Annika EV (32)
Licence Number: 14603
Organization: Aurora Research Institute
Licenced Year(s): 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2007 2006
Issued: Aug 27, 2009
Project Team: Annika Trimble (Project Coordinator, Aurora Research Institute), various summer students (Field Assistant, Aurora Research Institute)

Objective(s): The objective of this sub-project is to continue assessing the performance of native plants which were seeded and transplanted into field plots in 2006 and 2007.

Project Description: The objective of this sub-project is to continue assessing the performance of native plants which were seeded and transplanted into field plots in 2006 and 2007. The investigator intends to collect data regarding winter survival, seedling emergence, and overall plant vigour and productivity in order to assess each species' and collection's suitability for use in land reclamation in the NWT.

The researchers will assess the field plots twice each year: once in the spring, and once in the fall. General repairs will be made to the plot boundaries if necessary. All data will be collected visually. No disturbances are anticipated to the plots or the surrounding terrain, or even to the plants themselves (outside of vandalism or herbivory, which is beyond researcher control).

Autumn data collection will take place in August or early September and will include assessments of seedling survival, reproduction efforts (i.e. evidence of flowers or seed production), and the general health of the plants. In future years, springtime data collection will take place in May or early June and will include assessments of winter survival, seedling emergence, and the general health of the plants.

The result of this aspect of the Northern Native Seed Development study will help to determine which plant species are best suited for restoring disturbed sites to their natural condition in different habitats across the NWT. Therefore, all NWT residents are able to benefit from this project, as the researchers aim to restore disturbed habitat using ecologically and genetically suitable seeds.

The NWT community will be informed in a number of ways. Progress concerning the Northern Native Seed Development project is presented at several meetings every year within the territory: the Aurora College Research Advisory Council Meeting, the Territorial Farmer’s Association Meeting, the Aurora College Board of Governors Meeting, as well as various research conferences which happen within the Territory and beyond. Results are also communicated through annual reports submitted to funding partners and through progress reports which are submitted to various stakeholders across the different regions of the NWT.

The fieldwork for this study will be conducted from August 26, 2009 to October 7, 2009, and will take place within the municipal boundaries of the Town of Inuvik. The already-established field trial sites are located near 1) the water tower, 2) in an abandoned gravel pit near Boot Lake, and 3) along the fire break. Coordinates for field sites are as follows:
1)N 68°21'43.6" W 133°41'58.0"
2)N 68°20'56.3" W 133°41'55.0"
3)N 68°21'37.5" W 133°41'33.0"