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WHAT IS THE GRASSLAND RESTORATION FORUM?
The Grassland Restoration Forum (GRF) promotes the conservation and restoration of native grasslands in Alberta through education, outreach and research to improve reclamation practice and foster stewardship. The GRF began in 2006 as a collaboration between members of provincial agencies, the ranching community, conservation organizations, industry, plant ecologists and reclamation practitioners.
WHERE DO WE WORK?
The focus of the GRF is Alberta’s Grassland Natural Region and grasslands of the neighbouring Parkland and Montane Natural Subregions.
WHY ARE NATIVE GRASSLANDS IMPORTANT?
Grasslands are a rich landscape that provides important ecosystem functions, such as cleansing our air, storing and filtering our water, capturing carbon and supplying sustainable grazing.
Native grasslands, from flat, dry prairie to montane meadows, provide a diversity of habitats that support a suite of wildlife from sage grouse to grizzly bears. Alberta’s native grasslands provide environmental, economic and social benefits to the residents of Alberta and beyond.
Conservation of intact native grassland landscapes and successful restoration practices are critical to maintaining habitat, biodiversity and ecosystem function in a multiple use landscape.
- Our ability to restore native grassland plant communities is uncertain, especially in moister environments like fescue grasslands.
- Recovery can take decades and require on-going adaptive
- Establishment and spread of invasive species are a significant threat to native grassland habitats.
- Reclamation requirements vary widely among industries operating on grasslands.
Recovery Strategies for Disturbance in Native Grasslands
These guidance documents are designed for industry and others to improve reclamation outcomes in native grassland ecosystems with the goal of restoration after disturbance. Guidance is based on long-term monitoring, literature review, peer review and stakeholder workshops
Prospectus For A Shared Approach To Research: Conserving And Restoring Rough Fescue Grasslands
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