The Resources of the Aspen Parkland 


   In this research report IÕm going to tell you about the resources in the Aspen Parkland. I will include information about the soils and farming, the trees, forestry problems, and the weather.


   First I will tell you about some of the resources. A few of them are wheat, oats, flax, and berries. The parkland is one of AlbertaÕs richest agricultural regions. The parkland also has a lot of lakes and streams as well as a variety of wetlands.


   Next I will tell you about the soils and farming. In a lot of the central Parkland sub region native vegetation is scarce because of the high productivity of the soils for agriculture. The rich black soil produces really good crops. Because the Parklands belt has rich soil and enough rainfall it can support groves of aspen and poplar trees. Most of the original Parkland survives in only small fragments because only a few farmers can afford to leave large parts of the original Parkland.


   Now I will tell you about the Aspen Parklands biggest resources, which are trees. The central Parklands two major forests are characterized by dense, lush, species-rich under story. The Parkland sub region has continuous grassland with groves of aspen trees. Aspen is an important species in all three sub regions occurring in both pure and mixed stands. 


   Now I will tell you about the forestry problems in the Parkland. In the Parklands belt overtime a lot of trees have been cleared because the area is well suited for mixed farming. In the Parklands mixed forest where the spruce and aspen trees grow together the spruce trees crowd out the aspen so the aspen die and the spruce live longer but fires and people keep this from happening most of the time. Aspen leaves donÕt burn very well so aspen trees arenÕt usually affected by crown fires but spruce trees usually get burned. Today less than 5% of the Parkland remains in its native state.


   Now I will tell you about the weather because it can help grow the trees and plants. The central Parkland mean annual precipitation is 350-450 mm and the May Š September precipitation averages 300 mm. The mean annual temperature for the central Parkland is 2 degrees Celsius with a May Š September average of 13 degrees Celsius. 


   The Parklands of Alberta Are really beautiful. They have really nice crops because of the Soil and the weather. There are a lot of trees but they are usually the biggest problem. I hope you liked my report.




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