Grassland Restoration Forum

Industry Tour


Price: $550 

Foothills Fescue native grasslands in SW Alberta are declining and becoming increasingly fragmented with new industrial development and recreation pressures in the region. Competent pre-disturbance site assessment and follow-through are critical to assessing restoration risk, minimizing disturbance, and preparing effective and cost-efficient construction and reclamation plans for all development in native grasslands. This two-day field-based tour addresses:

  • Reclamation issues and beneficial practices in the region
  • Conservation assessment in native grassland
  •  Project planning, ecological site restoration risk assessment
    and recovery strategies for fescue grasslands
  • A tour of industrial sites to illustrate different construction
    and reclamation practices in the region

Target Audience Industry environment and construction managers, consultants, planners, operations personnel, and reclamation practitioners working in grasslands, foothills and montane regions of SW Alberta.

Workshop Objectives

  • Gain a basic understanding of ecosystem classification concepts for the Grassland, Parkland and Montane.
  • Overview of disturbance risk assessments and strategic siting for grassland plant communities.
  • Introduce the toolbox for development of appropriate mitigation and restoration strategies, linked to types of
    disturbance and grassland plant communities.
  • Designing and sourcing suitable native seed mixes and other plant materials for the region.

Registration: Numbers will be limited to reflect Covid-safe outdoor group sizes. A waiting list will be available. While you’re there, check out the great information on industry guidelines and best practices for minimizing impacts to native grasslands and expediting recovery after disturbance.

To secure a spot on the waiting list please use the form below to submit your information. You will be contacted via email by Donna Watt, GRF, to confirm the status of your registration and to make payment arrangements. 

 Fill out the form below or email donna directly at: [email protected].

*This event takes place outdoors and can be conducted within the current health & safety guidelines, so the GRF will be hosting as planned

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.