Grassland Restoration Forum

A walking tour of the Stavely Research Ranch – September 2024

Situated in the Porcupine Hills west of Stavely, Alberta, the Staveley Research Station is a unique and valuable demonstration of long-term effects of land management on grassland ecosystems in Alberta. Join Barry Adams, Rangeland Management Specialist – retired from Alberta Environment and Parks, for this day long, outdoor walk. Topics will include:

  • The ecological context of the Foothills Parkland
  • An introduction to the research of Dr. John Dormaar and Dr. Walter Willms
  • The role of grasses in building soils and storing carbon
  • The role of Stavely in the development of the Alberta Range Health Assessment
  • Review of grazing history, plant community information and range health scoring
  • The role of range health in the capture and storage of water in the watershed.

Please bring your own lunch. Lunch will not be provided, and the site is way up in the
spectacular Porcupine Hills. Once we leave the vehicles, we won’t be back until we leave the site
so carry your lunch, fluids, cameras, and any extra clothes.


Registration $80.00 per person for the day.

Student Registration $20.00 per person for the day.

Register on-line at Contact Donna Watt at:
[email protected] or (403) 563-8925 for additional information. Meeting place details will be
provided prior to the event. There is a $40 administration fee for registration cancellations up
to 48 hours in advance of an event. Sorry, no cancellations after that.


Our goal is to ensure that events and information are accessible to
everyone. We rely on sponsorship to help with cost recovery and continuation of the Forum.
Please contact us if you, or your organization, are interested in providing supporting this event.

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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.