ABWRET training course

SALMTEC will be presenting an online and in-field training course on the use of the Alberta Wetland Rapid Evaluation Tool (ABWRET) beginning 1 April, 2017 through SALMTEC's online learning platform.

The course consists of 8 online modules as well as a 1-day field training component scheduled for late June.

Topics covered include:

  • Understanding the context for using ABWRET
  • Understanding the methods used to create ABWRET
  • Understanding the basic theory behind the four wetland function categories
  • In-depth understanding of ABWRET indicators and wetland functional models
  • Using the ABWRET-A tool
  • Submitting and interpreting ABWRET-A results

More information on this training opportunity can be found here, and you can register online for the course here.

Mixed Grass Forum - April 6, 2017

The Mixed Grass Forum will be held on Thursday, April 6 at Medicine Hat College.  The theme of this year's forum is: Restoring the Native Prairie.

Presentations will cover a variety of topics including:

  • Climate change and native prairie
  • Current rangeland research at the University of Alberta's Matthies Ranch
  • Native prairie restoration case studies
  • Round table discussion on native prairie restoration

Early bird registration is available until March 31st.  Early bird registration is $40, and regular registration is $50.  Online registration is available through Medicine Hat College Continuing Studies.

For more information or to register by phone please contact Medicine Hat College at (403)-529-3844.

An agenda for the day's program can be found here.

2016 FRF Events - Range Health Assessment training and Fall Information Session

The Foothills Restoration Forum will be providing range health assessment training for the Dry Mixedgrass natural subregion of Alberta on 15 September, 2016. The session will be conducted at the Antelope Creek Ranch near Brooks, Alberta. The course is designed for students, ecologists, land owners, regulators, planners, reclamation practitioners, and anyone interested in learning more about native grassland ecosystems. The course is field-based and provides hands-on use of the range health assessment procotol. Online registration for this event will be available in the near future, and early bird registration will run until 12 August, 2016.

The Foothills Restoration Forum Fall Information Session will be held on 17 November, 2016 at the Claresholm community hall in Claresholm, Alberta. The information session will feature presentations from a variety of stakeholders on the subject of grassland conservation and restoration.

More information on both of these events can be found here (pdf).


Grassland Vegetation Inventory: A User's Guide - 10 March, 2016

SALMTEC is presenting a course on the use of the Grassland Vegetation Inventory (GVI) in Calgary on 10 March, 2016.

The course will include the following topics as they relate to GVI:

- Determining grassland plant communities

- Assessing range health

- Conducting environmental assessments

- Assessing accuracy of other spatial inventories

- Assessing regional and local scale impacts

- Modelling sensitive wildlife species habitat

- Creating reclamation and restoration plans

More information and instructions on how to register can be found here (pdf)

Recovery Strategies for the Foothills Fescue, Foothills Parkland, and Montane natural subregions

The first phase of recovery strategies for the Foothills Fescue, Foothills Parkland, and Montane natural subregions has been completed. The document contains a literature review as well as case studies based on data collected during the summer of 2014. The document can be found on the recovery strategies tab in the information portal.

The document can also be found here (pdf).

2015 FRF Fall Information Session - 18 November in Claresholm

The Foothills Restoration Forum 2015 Fall Information Session will be held on 18th November, 2015, in Claresholm, Alberta. The session will be held at the Claresholm Community Center at 5920 8th st, West, Claresholm.

The theme of this year's session is Succession and Recovery Pathways. The information session gathers industry and other grassland stakeholders to exchange information on grassland restoration and conservation through project updates and mini-presentations.

More information and registration for the information session can be accessed here.

2015 Range Health Assessment Training

The Foothills Restoration Forum will be presenting range health assessment training sessions at Stavely and Elkwater, Alberta.

The Stavely training session will take place on 15 September, and the Elkwater sessiojn will take place on 17 September.

We are now accepting online registration for these sessions. There is an early-bird rate of $125.00 per attendee available to those who register prior to the 14th of August. The fee for those who register after 14 August is $150.00 per atendee.

More information and registration instructions can be found here for the Stavely session, and here for the Elkwater session.

17th Native Prairie Appreciation Week - 18 & 19 June, 2015

The 17th annual Native Prairie Appreciation Week (NPAW) will be held near Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, on 18 and 19 June, 2015. The theme of the event is "Grasslands of the Forest", and includes a tour of Prince Albert National Park.

"The purpose of the Native Prairie Appreciation Week is to raise awareness and appreciation of native prairie ecosystems and their importance to Saskatchewan's provincial, environmental and agricultural sectors."

Regular registration fees are $100/person. Registration for SRM members is $80/person. Fees for children aged 5-15 are $30/child.

The agenda and registration form can be found here.

For more information please visit www.pcap-sk.org/NPAW.

Society for Ecological Restoration Annual General Meeting

The Society for Ecological Restoration's Western Canada Chapter will be holding their annual general meeting on 20th November, 2014 at the Claresholm Community Centre in Claresholm, Alberta. The meeting will be held as part of the program for the Foothills Restoration Forum's Fall Information Session.

The draft agenda is as follows:

1. Appointing a record taker and Welcome

2. Approval of Agenda

3. Approval of the minutes from the 2013 AGM

4. Highlights of 2014

5. Treasurer's Report

6. Election of Board

7. Any other business (i.e., frequency and method of board meetings)

8. Closure


If you are unable to attend in person, you may phone in to the meeting. Phone in details are:

Gaboogie number: 1-855-422-6644

Attendee PIN: 2715476

For more information on the Society for Ecological Restoration, please visit their website http://www.ser.org


June Range Health Assessment Training Rescheduled

Due to a number of complications, the Range Health Assessment Training sessions scheduled for 16 and 24 June have been rescheduled. We will contact those who have already registered and paid online to arrange a refund of your payment.

The training session at Elkwater has been rescheduled for 11 September, 2014. The training session at Stavely has been rescheduled for 16 September, 2014. We will begin registration for these courses shortly. Early registration is encouraged, and there will be an earlybird registration option with a lower fee for those who register before 8th August, 2014.

We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause, and hope to see you in September.

Development of an Interactive Website to Connect Native Plant Material Producers and Users

The Foothills Restoration Forum has witnessed a growing need to address the idea of a Native Plant Cooperative for Southern Alberta and included it as a breakout session topic during this year’s FRF Fall Information Session. Based on a combination of the results of these sessions and prior feedback, we are currently working on a DRAFT interactive website designed to link producers of native plant materials with those who require native plant materials for their projects. A web based review of the draft product will be scheduled in early 2014 to help refine the draft so that the idea can be further developed and presented at upcoming conferences. Click 'read more' to view a summary of the Breakout Session Discussion Question Results.

7th Annual FRF Fall Information Session November 14th, 2013

The Foothills Restoration Forum’s 7th Annual Fall Information Session will be held on Thursday, November 14th, 2013 at the Claresholm Community Centre, Claresholm, Alberta.

The Theme for this year's Fall Forum is:

“Germinating Ideas – New Restoration Tools & Activities”   

The day's agenda can be found here.

Roundtable Discussion and Mini Presentations

If you wish to provide a five minute update regarding happenings in your world, learning experiences and/or upcoming projects please contact Donna at corpirate@shaw.ca   

Our goal since inception has been to ensure that Foothills Restoration Forum events and information are accessible to everyone, so it is important to keep registration fees to a minimum.  We rely on sponsorship to help with cost recovery and continuation of the Forum.  Please contact us for details if you or your corporation may be interested in providing support.

Cost for the day’s event is $20.00 per person which includes catered lunch, our ‘traditional’ welcome cinnamon rolls and plenty of opportunity to visit and network.  At this time we are only able to accept cash or cheques at the door.  Cheques are payable to: SASCI 


Registration is now closed, if you wish to attend please contact us directly at corpirate@shaw.ca


Hope you are able to join us!!!

GRI Workshop - 21 October 2013

Guest speaker Dr. Roy Roath will be presenting a workshop on the Grazing Response Index on 21 October 2013. The workshop will run from 8:30AM-5:00PM, beginning at 8:30 in the cafeteria board room at the Lethbridge Research Centre. There is no charge, but space is limited. To register to attend, contact Kerry Laforge: phone (306) 778-5011, email kerry.laforge@agr.gc.ca. More information can be found here (pdf), and here (pdf).

Rescheduled Range Health Assessment Training Days September 2013

The Foothills Restoration Forum is pleased to announce that we have re-scheduled the 2013 Range Health Assessment Training for Industry course postponed in June due to the flood.  We will be providing two courses this fall designed to assist reclamation professionals.  The first course will be on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 at the Agriculture and Ag-Food Substation, Stavely, Alberta.  The second course, scheduled for September 5th, 2013 will focus on the Mixedgrass and Dry Mixedgrass Natural Subregions in the Cypress Hills and Manyberries areas.  For more information, please check out the Range Health Assessment page here.

2013 Range Health Assessment Course, 21 June

The Foothills Restoration Forum is pleased to present a Range Health Assessment training course designed to assist reclamation professionals to prepare for the upcoming field season.  The course will provide an understanding of the importance of healthy functioning rangelands and the key indicators used to measure rangeland health. The Range Health Assessment protocol is an important tool for pre- site assessments, reclamation design, and monitoring in native grassland.   Landowners and local ranchers are welcome to join us for the day!

The course will take place on June 21st, 2013 at Willow Creek Provincial Park, which will provide field based experience within the Mixedgrass and Foothills Fescue Natural Subregions.  We are scheduled to begin at 9:30am and wind up by 4:30pm at the latest.  Fees for the day will be $120.00 per person and will include lunch; cash or cheques payable to SASCI only.

Those interested in participating can register here. Students interested in attending are asked to contact us directly at corpirate@shaw.ca.

Native & Tame Grassland Reclamation Criteria Course, 24-25 July 2012

Learn AENV's 2010 Reclamation Criteria for native/tame grasslands and how to use the associated tools through classroom instruction and field training. Registrants should have a solid grasp of both soils and vegetation identification related to the criteria as this course is NOT designed to teach soil classification or botany. The Course Includes: electronic copies of required AENV templates, tools & reference documents, course outline and transportation to sites. Field training is weather dependent and will be rescheduled if required. Attendees are responsible for all meals and bagged lunches. You must bring a laptop computer, extension cord, clip board & paper, clothing & foot wear for the field. If you have reference material on soil structure, texture, colour & plant ID it will be helpful. Once registered a link to an FTP site will be emailed to you to allow the download of all required templates and reference material provided by AENV. These need to be on the computer you bring to the course. Rooms are on hold at the Ramada Inn, Brooks, Phone: 403-362-6440.

See the Alberta Institute of Agrologists website here for more information and registration.

The course agenda can be viewed here (pdf).

ANPC Guidelines for Rare Vascular Plant Surveys in Alberta - 2012 Update

The Alberta Native Plant Council announces the release of the ANPC Guidelines for Rare Vascular Plant Surveys in Alberta - Update 2012. These guidelines expand on the study design and reporting presented in the original guidelines (Lancaster, 2000), and also provides current internet links to useful publications and references.

The guidelines can be found here (pdf). More information about the ANPC can be found at their website: www.anpc.ab.ca (opens in new window).