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.
Once we leave the vehicles, we won’t be back until we leave the site so bring your lunch, fluids, cameras, masks and any extra clothes.