Grassland Restoration Forum

Webinar: Comparison of Four Seeding Methods to Restore Native Grassland Vegetation in SE Alberta

– Kathryn Edwards, Sr. Project Mgr, Summit

Many wells drilled in the early 2000’s were abandoned in 2015 in the Bindloss area of Alberta. Kathryn Edwards research project compared and evaluated four seeding methods used to restore native vegetation on some abandoned wellsites in the area. The methods were natural revegetation, drill seeding, applying seed via hydromulch, and drill seeding then applying hydromulch.

The purpose of this research was to determine the most efficient method for re- establishing native grassland species in anthropogenically disturbed areas in the dry mixedgrass, to be comparable with adjacent undisturbed areas as per the Alberta Energy Regulator’s (AER) regulatory requirements for obtaining Reclamation Certification for abandoned wellsites.

Research questions were: Which seeding method is the most cost effective when attempting to reach regulatory closure? Which seeding method will experience the most weed issues during the reclamation process? Which seeding method will enable the sites to reach the regulatory requirement of comparable conditions in disturbed areas to undisturbed areas for vegetation cover first?

This research showed that the sites that were drill seeded then received an application of hydromulch obtained regulatory closure before sites that were seeded using other methods.

Join us Thursday February 16th between 12 and 1pm MST for the webinar. There is no charge, but donations are gratefully accepted.

Event Cancellation

How to Use the Range Plant Community Guides and Recovery Strategies

Unfortunately with a number of late cancellations for the Range Plant Community Guides & Recovery Strategies Workshop scheduled for September 13th, 2023 we’ve had to make the tough decision to cancel the workshop for this fall due to insufficient registrations for a cost recovery event.  We will be offering the same workshop in conjunction with the CLRA Conference in March 2024.  The GRF Mailing list will receive notice/announcements about the event as details become available.

We are still proceeding as planned with the Grassland Assessment Classroom & Hands on Field Training on September 14th at the Cassils Hall/Antelope Creek Ranch.

Apologies for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.