Muskoxen-sedge meadow interactions

Regions: Inuvialuit Settlement Region

Tags: biology, vegetation, nutrient levels, muskox, impact analysis, biochemistry

Principal Investigator: Smith, David L. (1)
Licence Number: 12430
Organization: University of Saskatchewan
Licensed Year(s): 1993
Issued: Jan 01, 1993
Project Team: R.E. Redmann

Objective(s): To assess the impact of a high-density muskoxen population on sedge meadow plant communities and on individual tillers in these communities by using temporary and permanent exclosures to quantify vegetation responses to grazing; to determine the influence of herbage removal on the above-ground productivity and below-ground standing crop of sedge meadow vegetation in plots clipped at different frequencies and plots naturally grazed and those protected from muskoxen; to determine the effects of grazing (natural and artificial) on nutrient quality and chemical content of sedge meadow plants.

Project Description: This study will address the impact that muskoxen are having on sedge meadows (the habitat that is important for their survival in the Thomsen River valley). In this study, I will examine the response of sedge meadow plants to the effects of grazing by muskoxen. I will monitoring the growth and chemical makeup of plants in 3 situations: (1) unprotected plots subject to muskoxen grazing; (2) artificially grazed (clipped) plots; and (3) protected plots (no grazing).