Black Locust Distribution and Management Recommendations for the Lower Columbia River Valley near Trail, BC

Vegetation in the Lower Columbia Valley in the West Kootenays of BC has been affected by historical emissions from the smelter in Trail, BC. Following logging of the valley for fuel and building materials, metal and SO2 emissions impaired forest regeneration on low valley slopes. A hardy tree species in the legume family native to Southeastern North America, black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia), was planted in disturbed sites along the valley to support revegetation.

The fate of dissolved metals in lakes containing freshwater mussels

Freshwater mussels are in decline across North America, but due to their filtering capacity, this taxon remains an important part of lake ecosystems. The Cape Breton Regional Municipality Water Utility (CBRMWU) utilizes several lakes as surface water sources, some of which contain populations of freshwater mussels. The CBRMWU is interested in the contribution of freshwater mussels to water quality prior to water treatment.

Engaging young people and fostering intergenerational collaboration: Assessing the impact of initiatives within the nature conservation sector - Year two

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has served as a global authority on sustainable development and environmental governance for over seventy years. Responding to broader trends within these areas, the IUCN has sought to foster engagement with young people as a strategic priority-to move beyond tokenistic involvement toward institution-wide intergenerational collaboration. The Canadian Committee for the IUCN (CC-IUCN) has been particularly dedicated to this work.

The role of social enterprise in supporting rural economic development: A community-led daycare in Norris Point, NL

This project will examine the role of community-led social enterprise to support social and economic innovation in rural Newfoundland. Our case study is the creation of a new daycare within a social enterprise in Norris Point, NL, and the potential for this case study to provide a model for how we can support job creation, economic growth, and post-pandemic resilience in rural areas.

Urban Forestry Project for City of Corner Brook

The proposed research project involves a partnership between the City, Grenfell Campus (Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador) and the Atlantic Forest Center (Natural Resource Canada, Corner Brook office) to generate capacity to collect, summarize, and analyze current tree distribution in the City (and boundary areas) using a combination of remote sensing platforms.

Pathways to Zero-Impact Shipping

Although shipping remains the most energy-efficient way to transport freight globally, there are still concerns around the environmental impacts of the sector. As shipping industry leaders work to meet sustainability goals, there is a growing need for decision support tools that incorporate environmental considerations into business decision-making. This project will identify and assess different technology solutions that may be used to reduce the full environmental impacts of marine shipping.

Structural setting and evolution of the Bathurst Mining Camp from lineament mapping and 3D geophysical inversion, NB, Canada

The demand for critical metals to support modern society and the transition to more sustainable future development is expanding, and thus, both sector growth and responsible exploration is imperative. Mineral exploration in Canada presents a vast opportunity to continue contributing towards the development of a substantiable future society, both domestically and internationally, as well as providing substantial economic benefits to Canada.

Identifying local factors and sources affecting stream chloride concentrations in the Toronto Region

The proposed research will identify the dominant drivers of rising chloride concentrations in streams within the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) jurisdiction. The TRCA monitors stream water quality at 47 stations and data suggest that chloride concentrations are increasing. Previous research has identified urban growth and the subsequent application of road salt in wintertime as a dominant driver of these trends.

Innovation and application of energy-economy-emissions models

The goal for this project is to support the research of three master’s students whose work would help advance the methods for estimating – using energy-economy-emissions models – the likely emissions, economic and equity impacts of GHG-reducing policies by governments at three levels in Canada: federal, provincial-territorial, municipal. The modelling innovations and applications from these three interns will improve Canada’s ability to achieve its GHG commitments, notably its net-zero by 2050 target.

Assessment and modelling of salmon streams in western Newfoundland

The approach to assessing Atlantic salmon in Newfoundland is based on patterns of salmon production and habitat that were established for populations in rivers much further south. The physical and biological characteristics of watersheds and rivers in Newfoundland are different from the southern rivers and the bases for conservation decisions are likely inappropriate. Establishing relationships between stream physical and biological characteristics that are unique to Newfoundland is prudent for better management of Newfoundland salmon populations.

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