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USE THE RESOURCES BELOW TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT NATIVE GRASSLAND CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION

The Grassland Restoration Forum (GRF) promotes the conservation and restoration of native grasslands in Alberta through education, outreach and research to improve reclamation practice and foster stewardship. The GRF began in 2006 as a collaboration between members of provincial agencies, the ranching community, conservation organizations, industry, plant ecologists and reclamation practitioners.

RECOVERY STRATEGIES FOR DISTURBANCE IN NATIVE GRASSLANDS


These guidance documents are designed for industry and others to improve reclamation outcomes in native grassland ecosystems with the goal of restoration after disturbance. Guidance is based on long-term monitoring, literature review, peer review and stakeholder workshops.

WORKING IN NATIVE GRASSLAND PRIMER


Project managers and contractors must understand where they are working, the applicable regulatory authority, and the operating conditions that apply for the proposed activity in native grasslands. The primer flags the complexities specific to constructing and reclaiming native grasslands and includes step-by-step guidance and links to regulations, directives and resources.

PROSPECTUS FOR A SHARED APPROACH TO RESEARCH: CONSERVING AND RESTORING ROUGH FESCUE GRASSLANDS


To help address the issue of conserving and restoring the remaining native grasslands, the GRF has developed five key themes and associated research questions to describe critical gaps in our knowledge base. Identifying these gaps helps to document and focus what research is necessary.

GUIDELINES & REFERENCES


This section hosts links for current government guidance and downloadable documents on ecological site restoration risk analysis, how to conduct an assessment of native grasslands, planning tools to minimize disturbance to native grasslands, and designing reclamation of native grassland disturbances.

RESEARCH & TECHNICAL REPORTS


This section hosts research and monitoring documents relevant to conservation, management and reclamation of native grasslands.

Recommended Monitoring Protocols for Targeted Grazing Projects


Targeted grazing is used to address numerous conservation issues including but not limited to: noxious weed and non-native plant species invasion, woody vegetation invasion of grasslands, grass and broadleaf woody vegetation invasion of regenerating forests, and manipulation of vegetation and litter to reduce fire hazard or enhance habitat for species at risk and other wildlife. This resource helps guide the use of targeted grazing to enhance the success of outcomes and to minimize or eliminate any negative consequences.

VIDEO LINKS


The links below lead to a site containing video products that highlight the need for regional planning in Alberta.

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