Native Plants

In order to conduct successful reclamation, we believe it’s important to have a thorough understanding of the lands on which we work. Knowing the characteristics of the land prior to oil and gas disturbance helps to establish the end goal for reclamation, which under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, is to obtain ‘equivalent land capability’. Knowledge of site characteristics both influences the methods and materials used in reclamation, and is instrumental in evaluating reclamation success.

Vegetation is one of the key indicators of site characteristics, which along with landscape and soils, make up the three components of assessment required for Reclamation Certificate Application.  Assessment of native vegetation both on and off site provides a great deal of information about geography, climate, landscape position, soils, drainage, moisture and nutrients on a location.

The majority of our reclamation work is conducted in the Boreal Forest Natural Region of Alberta. Below you will find an introduction to some of the most common plant communities and forest plant species found in the Boreal Forest. We have simplified the descriptions and used plain language wherever possible with the intention of making the information accessible to people of all walks of life, not just botanists. Our hope is that putting a name and a face to the plants in our natural surroundings will inspire stewardship.

Plant community and species information is far more complex than we have presented here. If you are interested in more detailed information we would recommend you review the following resources upon which our simplified overview is based:

Field Guide to Ecosites of Northern Alberta, J.D.  Beckingham and J.H. Archibald, 1996. Canadian Forest Service.

Flora of Alberta, E.H. Moss 1983. Revised by J.G. Packer.

Plants of the Western Boreal Forest and Aspen Parkland, Andy MacKinnon, Derek Johnson, Linda J. Kershaw. Lone Pine Publishing.


Forest Plants



14511-82 Ave

Edmonton AB

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