RECOMMENDED MONITORING PROTOCOLS FOR TARGETED GRAZING PROJECTS – LETHBRIDGE
Please note: 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Targeted or prescriptive grazing can be defined as the use of a specified kind of livestock at a determined season, duration and intensity to accomplish defined vegetation and landscape goals. A relatively new but increasingly popular tool in western Canada, it has applications in managing invasive species, grass and broadleaf vegetation competition in forest regeneration, fine fuels and fire risk, wildlife habitat, and other conservation issues. Easily accessible information to guide the successful implementation of targeted grazing projects in western Canadian grassland and forested ecosystems is limited.
The Grassland Restoration Forum has partnered with the City of Lethbridge and the Kainai Nation to help address this gap in knowledge and training. This field-based training workshop will assist land managers to successfully monitor targeted grazing projects using a standardized protocol designed to provide data that illustrates the efficacy of grazing prescriptions over time, enabling success by providing feedback and identifying any points of prescription adjustment.
Target Audience Staff from urban and rural parks land management, Ag Fieldmen and weed inspectors, First Nations, landowners, invasive species councils, land restoration practitioners, conservation organizations, consultants, planners, and targeted grazing contractors.
- Introduction to targeted grazing: what it is, how is it managed, how well it works in western Canada.
- Overview of recommended monitoring protocols.
- Incorporating traditional ecological knowledge.
- Hands-on, field-based training in monitoring an ongoing targeted grazing project.
Registration: $250.00 per person. Numbers will be limited to 20 participants to reflect Covid-safe outdoor group sizes. Please bring your own lunch. Lunch will not be provided. Register on the GRF website, www.grasslandrestorationforum.ca. While you’re there, check out the document, “Recommended Monitoring Protocols for Targeted Grazing Projects” found on the News and Events page.
We rely on sponsorship to help with cost recovery and the continuation of the Forum. Please contact us at email@example.com or call 403-563-8925 if you, or your organization, are interested in providing support for this event.
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.