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dc.contributor.authorO'Neill, Hailey
dc.date.accessioned2018-03-19T22:23:41Z
dc.date.available2018-03-19T22:23:41Z
dc.date.issued2018-03-19
dc.date.submitted2018
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10613/5622
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.25316/IR-562
dc.description.abstractUrban parks provide refuge for species at risk, and maintain and preserve biodiversity in densely populated settings. Soil erosion on trails, which can have negative impacts on the surrounding plant communities, is a growing concern for park managers. To characterize the effects of slope on trail erosion, and trail presence on plant communities within Garry oak ecosystems, a study was conducted within Mount Douglas Park, Saanich, British Columbia. Four trails were assessed for trail erosion, followed by vegetation community assessment. The degree of erosion was significantly different between all trails observed in the current study, but was not determined to be a function of trail slope. The presence of trails was found to affect plant community composition, where species richness and species diversity were higher adjacent to trails than at a distance from the trail. This study can provide park managers with insight into the ecological impacts of urban recreation.
dc.subjectGarry Oak ecosystem
dc.subjectspecies diversity
dc.subjectspecies richness
dc.subjecttrail erosion
dc.subjecttrail slope
dc.subjectvegetation community
dc.titleAn investigation into the influence of slope on trail erosion and the effects of trails on plant communities within Garry Oak and associated ecosystems in Mount Douglas Park, Vancouver Island
dc.date.updated2018-03-19T22:23:41Z
dc.language.rfc3066en
dc.degree.nameM.Sc. in Environment and Management
dc.degree.levelMasters
dc.degree.disciplineSchool of Environment and Sustainability


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