Importance of the Soil Seed Bank and Approaches for its Activation in the Joiner Gulch Area

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The Joiner Gulch area has been impacted by land clearing and from wind-borne contamination from copper smelting occurring from the 1880s through to the 1970s. Today, the area is characterized by great erosive forces because of the lack of vegetation establishment despite previous restoration efforts by the Big Hole Watershed Committee. This presentation is going to demonstrate the potentials the impacted area has for natural recovery by revealing the soil seed bank, the most important resource for resiliency. Moreover the speaker is evaluating the applied restoration efforts regarding their efficacy to activate the seed bank.

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Augustina Kwesie Osabutey is an M.S. student in Environmental Engineering and the Restoration Certificate program at Montana Tech. Her research interests include Restoration and reclamation of mining impacted degraded soils or ecosystems, stream restoration, storm water management, and water and wastewater treatment. She has a BS. Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Mines and Technology, Ghana. Augustina is a member of the Montana Tech Sigma Xi Scientific Honor Society and serves as the Senator for the National Society of Black Engineers Montana Tech Chapter.