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Alberta Land Reclamation 

Alberta's parklandThere are many different types of land in Alberta.  In the west, the Rocky Mountains and the Foothills are covered by alpine (mountain) and subalpine vegetation.  In southern Alberta there are areas of fairly flat grasslands.  Moving through central Alberta the land is flat to rolling and there are more trees and bushes.  Most of Alberta's forests can be found in the northern and northwestern areas of the province.

These areas took millions of years to become what we see today.  The effects of people's activities across the province can also be seen today.  The environmental effects are different in each situation and without conservation and reclamation, problems can worsen.  A few examples of the major land disturbances are surface coal mining, surface mining and extraction of oil sands, waste disposal sites and activities such as forestry, pipelining and transportation.

Reprinted from Focus On Land Reclamation  (1999) with permission of Alberta Environment.

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