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Fort McKay First Nation Elder Flora Grandjambe performs a blessing
Fort McKay First Nation Elder Flora Grandjambe performs a blessing during ceremony at Wapisiw Lookout Sept. 23, 2010 near Fort McMurray, Alberta.
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Suncor Energy's Pond 1 in June 2010
Suncor is the first Alberta oil sands company to convert a tailings pond to a stable surface solid enough to be re-vegetated.
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Suncor Energy's Pond 1 in August 2010
In time, we expect this land will become a productive mixed wood forest and wetland environment.
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Planting seedlings
Over the next two decades, Suncor Energy will closely monitor progress on the site, including the growth of 630,000 shrubs and trees planted in 2010.
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Creating the surface of Pond 1
Pond 1 surface construction involved covering it with a layer of soil 50 cm deep. About 65,000 truckloads of soil were used.
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Streams and mounds reproduce natural drainage patterns
Pond 1 has been carefully designed with small streams (swales) and mounds (hummocks) to help reproduce natural drainage patterns.
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Wildlife trees were placed on Pond 1
Called snags or wildlife trees, dead trees have been deliberately placed (some even upside down) on Pond 1 to create perches and nesting sites for birds, and habitat for other wildlife.
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Rat root grown from seed
Suncor Energy collected rat root seeds from a nearby marsh and grew them in a greenhouse for planting on the marsh on Pond 1.
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