Reclamation and Restoration
Reclamation and restoration occurs on a large scale and requires different resources than the personal, community or commercial use of native plants. Private and public lands that are disturbed by most industrial activity are required to be reclaimed to the adjacent reference community or to equivalent land use – often a native plant community. How are Albertans meeting this challenge that will see 4,800 square kilometres of boreal forest disturbed by surface mining? Likewise for the thousands of kilometres of pipelines and energy transmission lines in all of our ecological subregions.
Below are links to the regulatory response to the use of native plants in reclamation; and the academic, industry and professional-sponsored research into the restoration and reclamation techniques at the ecological community scale.
LINKS TO ACADEMIC, PROFESSIONAL AND INDUSTRY ORGANIZATIONS DOING RECLAMATION AND RESTORATION WITH NATIVE PLANTS IN ALBERTA
Alberta Centre for Reclamation and Restoration Ecology:
Click here – For in-depth resources for rest/rec on a site to regional scale:
Click here – For vegetation-related reports:
Canadian Land Reclamation Association: The CLRA is the association of all professions working in industrial reclamation in Alberta.Their publication “Canadian Reclamation” is a valuable source of information on reclamation in practice.
CEMA (Cumulative Environmental Management Association). See the Reclamation Working Group Library for study documents on native shrub propagation, long term vegetation monitoring, plots, wetlands, and other native plant restoration/reclamation recommendations for oilsands in the boreal forest.
Foothills Restoration Forum: Native grassland range community guides, recovery strategies for dry mixed-grass, mixed-grass, northern fescue and foothills fescue, foothills parkland and montane subregions, and native seed sources.
Society for Ecological Restoration, Western Canada Chapter: connects ecological restoration practitioners with best knowledge and practice through their journal and website, and advocates restoration to a multi-sectoral audience
Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) is an alliance of oil sands producers focused on accelerating the pace of improvement in environmental performance in Canada’s oil sands through collaborative action and innovation. Their website: http://www.cosia.ca/initiatives/land
University of Victoria is offering 3 online ecological restoration courses in the January term:
ER502 – Ecosystem Design through Propagation of Native Plants, January 4 to April 10, 2016
ER311 – Principles and Concepts of Ecological Restoration
ER314 – Ethical, Legal and Policy Aspects of Ecological Restoration
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