Grassland Restoration Forum

See News & Events for all
2021 Happenings

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.

Current GRF Vision​

Native grasslands and their ecological functions are conserved and successfully restored by informed stakeholders and practitioners within a multiple-use landscape.

Current GRF Mission​

To provide a forum for information sharing, tool development, research and education to promote and support conservation and effective restoration of native grassland ecosystems in Alberta.

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.

EVENTS

No event found!

Declining Native
Grasslands

Native grasslands are one of the most developed and threatened landscapes in Canada. Industrial, urban and recreational development, intensification of agriculture and non-native species invasion are rapidly changing prairie landscapes. Loss and fragmentation of this ecosystem is reflected in the number of Endangered and At Risk grassland species. To reverse this trend, we need to improve management of cumulative effects, reduce fragmentation, and maintain native grassland integrity, including connecting corridors for wildlife and other species. Lastly, to reclaim disturbances with the goal of restoring sustainable native grassland landscapes.

RESTORATION
CHALLENGES

  • 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
    management.
  • Establishment and spread of invasive species are a significant threat to native grassland habitats.
  • Reclamation requirements vary widely among industries operating on grasslands.

FEATURED INFORMATION

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

To help address the issue of conserving and restoring the remaining native grasslands, the GRF has developed five key themes and associated research questions to describe critical gaps in our knowledge base. Identifying these gaps helps to document and focus on what research is necessary.

SIGN UP FOR OUR MAILING LIST

To hear about upcoming GRF Events, Training, 
and Publications of Interest. 

CONTACT US

Looking at getting involved?
Contact us here about volunteering and more!

CONTACT US

SIGN UP FOR OUR MAILING LIST

Workshop for July 27th -
postponed until September

Due to unforeseen circumstances the workshop will be postponed until September 2021. The new date will be posted online and an announcement will be sent out as soon as the information is available so please stay tuned… Thanks to everyone for their patience and interest as we navigate another challenging year to host in-person events and hands-on training/workshops! -Grassland (Foothills) Restoration Forum.Please note: the workshop on July 29th at Antelope Creek Ranch/Cassils Hall is still available to attend. Please contact:Donna Watt at: corpirate@shaw.ca