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dc.contributor.authorLocky, David A.
dc.identifier.otherConference Presentation
dc.descriptionInvited Speaker Presentation given on June 12, 2010 at the 2010 Native Orchid Conference, Inc. (June 12-15, 2010), University of Alberta Edmonton, Alberta, Canada The theme of the meeting was "Native Orchid Conservation: Making a Difference". Some of the main issues facing native orchids in Alberta include rapid development and land-use changes, recreational use of lands, relatively-little legal protection for native orchids, and long-term change in climate. Despite numerous obstacles, there are some good things taking place, including small-scale volunteer-based conservation groups all the way to Federally-protected national parks. Presentations were invited and dealing with all aspects of native orchids, and hopefully we can celebrate some of the worldwide success-stories in native orchid conservation.en
dc.description.abstractWetlands are a dominant component of the western boreal region of Canada. They are comprised primarily of peatlands, wetlands with organic soils. Peatlands vary from acidic bogs to calcareous fens and offer a rich array habitats for plants, including orchids. A wide variety of factors contribute to plant diversity in peatlands, including water table, water chemistry, shade, and other microhabitat factors. Of the rare plants found in peatlands, most are comprised of sedges and some of North America's rarest orchids. While peatlands appear to be a safe harbour for orchids and other rare plants, development pressures mean that these sites are not immune to disturbance. Current policy to protect orchids (and other plant species) is relatively weak. Conservation of specific ecosystems may be a more effective means to protect rare orchids.en
dc.description.sponsorshipNative Orchid Conference, Inc. (
dc.subjectorchid, native plant, rare plant, conservation, wetland, peatland, muskeg, conservation, SARA, policy, protection, rare plants,en
dc.titleWestern Boreal Wetlands and Orchidsen

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    Former Adjunct Professor, Former Director Athabasca River Basin Research Institute

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