2012 FRF Range Health Assessment Course, 22 June

The Foothills Restoration Forum is pleased to present a Range Health Assessment training course designed to assist reclamation professionals to prepare for the upcoming field season.  The course will provide an understanding of the importance of healthy functioning rangelands and the key indicators used to measure rangeland health. The Range Health Assessment protocol is an important tool for pre- site assessments, reclamation design, and monitoring in native grassland.   Landowners and local ranchers are welcome to join us for the day!

The course will take place on June 22nd, 2012 at Willow Creek Provincial Park, which will provide field based experience within the Mixedgrass and Foothills Fescue Natural Subregions.  We are scheduled to begin at 9:30am and wind up by 4:30pm at the latest.  Fees for the day will be $120.00 per person and will include lunch; cash or cheques payable to SASCI only.

Those interested in participating can register here. Students interested in attending are asked to contact us directly at corpirate@shaw.ca.

23rd North American Prairie Conference. 6-10 August, 2012.

From NAPC Website:

We are pleased to announce the first ever NAPC in western Canada, which will be held August 6 to 10, 2012 at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. Building upon the tradition started by Peter Schramm in 1970 with the first conference on prairies and prairie restoration, the NAPC has developed a tradition of excellence in native prairie research, conservation and restoration of one of the worlds most productive yet most endangered ecosystems. It has spawned great interest, enthusiasm and efforts to better understand, appreciate, manage and conserve this vital part of North America’s natural history.

Our theme Celebrating Our Prairie Heritage is meant to explore where we have been, our current state of knowledge and where we should be heading, and have a great time doing it. Many have been inspired by previous NAPC’s to discover more about our fascinating prairie ecosystems, their natural and human history, creating a lifetime passion for one of the world’s greatest grasslands.

We salute those who have made the prairie home, from the hunters and gatherers of distant millennia to the hardy pioneers who made this great land the worlds breadbasket, to the modern mix of individuals, families, businesses and communities who now look to understand, conserve, restore and celebrate one of the nature’s greatest gifts to humankind. Come celebrate the prairies with us in Winnipeg in August 2012, and take a closer look.

Location: University of Manitoba Campus, Winnipeg, MB.

Contatct: info@napc2012.org

For a more detailed description of the conference, as well as registration and schedule information, see the conference website at www.napc2012.org(link).


2012 Plant Identification Course. 11-14 June, 2012.

Eastern Slopes Rangeland Seeds Ltd. is pleased to host a 2012 plant identification
course. The course will be held in three components, Forbs, Grasses and
willows/sedges. Each component will involve a classroom component but will focus on
field keying and identification using The Common Plants of The Western Rangelands as
a text. It is possible to attend any combination of days, but attending the first day of the
Grass course is highly recommended if attending the second day. Pricing, schedule, and what to bring in course outline.

 

Location: Cochrane and Cermona, Alberta.

 

Contact: Phone - (403) 437-9052. Email - steven.tannas@esrseeds.com

 

Course Outline (pdf)

 

February Native Prairie Speaker Series, 22 February, 2012

The February Native Prairie Speaker Series in Saskatoon, SK will be taking place on Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at the following times and locations below:

Technical (12:10-12:50 pm): University of Saskatchewan, Physics Building (116 Science Place), Rm 129
The Road Less Travelled...by Rare Plants Looking for a Home
Speaker: Darcy Henderson, Environment Canada - Canadian Wildlife Service
 
Public (7:00 - 8:00 pm): Western Development Museum (2610 Lorne Ave. South), Palace Theatre
Turkey Vultures: Parents in Absentia
Speaker: Stuart Houston

The Speaker Series are FREE and anyone can attend. If you can not make it person, you can also watch the presentation LIVE by clicking on the following link www.ustream.tv/channel/native-prairie-speaker-series.

 

Technical Presentation Poster (pdf)

Public Presentation Poster (pdf)

February Native Prairie Speaker Series in Saskatoon, SK on Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at the following times and locations below:

 

Technical (12:10-12:50 pm): University of Saskatchewan, Physics Building (116 Science Place), Rm 129
The Road Less Travelled...by Rare Plants Looking for a Home
Speaker: Darcy Henderson, Environment Canada - Canadian Wildlife Service
 
Public (7:00 - 8:00 pm): Western Development Museum (2610 Lorne Ave. South), Palace Theatre
Turkey Vultures: Parents in Absentia
Speaker: Stuart Houston

The Speaker Series are FREE and anyone can attend. If you can not make it person, you can also watch the presentation LIVE by clicking on the following link www.ustream.tv/channel/native-prairie-speaker-series.

National Invasive Alien Species Forum, 28 and 29 February, 2012

You are invited to the upcoming National Invasive Alien Species Forum,  in Ottawa on February 28 and 29, followed by workshops on March  1st. This event will be a special opportunity to network and collaborate with colleagues from across Canada on topics including:

  • Prevention
  • Early Detection and Rapid Response

The two workshops will focus on:

  • Information sharing and management
  • Building national collaboration

Event planning is underway by the National Invasive Species Forum Planning Committee. Attached is the registration form. A detailed agenda will be available in mid- February.
 
On behalf of the National Invasive Species Planning Group and the National Invasive Species Working Group, we hope to see you in Ottawa.

Agenda (pdf)

Registration Form (pdf)

 

Southern Alberta Invasive Plant Seminar 16 February, 2012

The Alberta Invasive Plants Council will be presenting the 2012 Southern Alberta Invasive Plant Seminar on Thursday, 16 February, 2012 at the Picture Butte Community Centre, beginning at 9:00am.

There will be three speakers:

Dave Burch – Montana State Weed Coordinator

Dr. Jane Mangold – Assistant Professor and Extension Invasive Plant Specialist, Montana State University

Kelly Cooley – AIPC Project Lead, EDDMapS Alberta, and Environmental Consultant, CoolPro Solutions

The cost is $15.00 cash or cheque at the door, and lunch will be provided. You can RSVP by email (aipc.programdirector@gmail.com) or phone (403-982-7923).

 

Seminar Outline (pdf)

Step Forward & Plant Your Own Seeds – Newsletter Submissions

We are currently accepting submissions for the 4th Edition of the Foothills Restoration Forum Newsletter, The Hard Grass Advocate. Anyone with an interest in the land is welcome to submit. The purpose of the Newsletter is to provide a readily accessible medium for information sharing, focused on the maintenance and restoration of native plant communities on the Eastern Slopes and would like you to share your research, experiences and lessons so we can all move forward together!

New Wind Energy Publication

In September 2010, The Pembina Institute released a guide to help landowners, companies and government understand, and to explain wind energy in Alberta; Landowners' Guide to Wind Energy in Alberta. 

For landowners, tenants and those living near oil and gas developments, a guide with the information and tools needed when dealing with the oil and gas industry in Alberta, they published When the Oilpatch Comes to Your Backyard: A Citizens’ Guide, 2nd Edition.

For ordering information & additional publications, visit their website at: www.pembina.org/pubs