The removal of barriers to Western involvement in the Russian economy has made it possible for joint cooperation in the solution of environmental problems facing that country. One such problem is the large terrain and vegetation disturbances associated with oil and gas exploration and development activities in Western Siberia. While studies to select adapted species and test terrain stabilization techniques for Arctic and Subarctic regions in North America have been underway for over 20 years, little was known of similar work in the former Soviet Union. In 1991 and 1992, Amoco environmental specialists, in consultation with the local gas association, brought in a number of revegetation species proven in the North American Arctic and put them into test gardens on the Yamal Peninsula. First year results were favorable and in 1992 the tests were expanded to include various plant establishment methods for the sandy soils common in the region. In 1993 a joint Russian/American team was formed and studies utilizing a combination of species and methods from both countries were undertaken at the most northern site. The results of these studies are reviewed and summarized.

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