Effect of Muskox Grazing On Arctic Range Vegetation

Regions: Inuvialuit Settlement Region

Tags: environmental impact, vegetation, wildlife, muskox

Principal Investigator: Harmsen, R. (2)
Licence Number: 11078
Organization: Department of Biology, Queen's University
Licensed Year(s): 1991 1990
Issued: Jan 01, 1991
Project Team: C.P. Mulder; A.M. Schindel

Objective(s): To establish whether or not the current levels of grazing can be sustained by the vegetation and what long-term effects can be anticipated of current levels or higher levels of grazing.

Project Description: The Researcher and team will continue to study the relationship between muskoxen and the plants they eat. Since 1987 the effect of muskox grazing on arctic vetch plants has been studied. Investigations of a large number of vetch plants will include calculations on mortality rates, growth rates and renewal through seed.