Archived - Vegetation Dynamics field study in Bylot Island Bird Sanctuary

Bylot Island Bird Sanctuary (NU)

Reasons for a Federal Assessment
Project Description
Final Decision

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Reference Numbers

Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry: 08-01-38175
Natural Resources Canada: NT‑054 PCSP 630‑08

Environmental Assessment Type


Responsible or Regulated Authorities

Natural Resources Canada

Reasons for a Federal Assessment

On March 26, 2008, it was determined that an environmental assessment was required in relation to the project because Natural Resources Canada considered providing financial assistance to the proponent.

Project Description (as posted in the Notice of Commencement)

The purpose of this field study is to investigate the impacts of climatic changes on plant growth and geomorphological processes in the High Arctic. This will be done by measuring the influence of field experiments (nutrient addition, warming and snow manipulation) and natural disturbances (e.g. permafrost erosion) on food quality and availability for herbivores (in particular the great snow goose).

Final Decision

A decision was taken on May 5, 2008 and was that the authority may exercise any power or perform any duty or function with respect to the project because, after taking into consideration the screening report and taking into account the implementation of appropriate mitigation measures, the authority is of the opinion that the project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.