Land Capability Classification for Forest Ecosystems - Volume 1

The Land Capability Classification System for Forest Ecosystems (hereafter referred to as the LCCS) is the document utilized to assess soils pre and post disturbance in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region. The system is also used by all operators to design their soil reclamation programs to meet target land capabilities. All operators in the region are committed, philosophically and through approvals to ensure that the manual is current and is a reflection of the best available knowledge available.

The first edition of the Land Capability Classification System for Forest Ecosystems in the Oil Sands Region was published by the Alberta Government in 1996. Following research to address one of the tables in the manual, a second edition was published in 1998. Between 1999 and 2002 a comprehensive network of plots was investigated to calibrate the LCCS. As well, substantial research was completed to address issues of concern in the manual. The third edition of the manual will be released in 2003 and as such requires incorporation of all this data into the tables/text.

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Contractor Paragon Soil and Environmental Consulting Inc.
Contract Number 2003-0002