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A healthy riparian area can protect the environment (Fairview Post)

A Healthy Riparian Area can Protect the Environment (Jen Allen, Fairview Post)

Weekly Restoration Tips

Since the Spring
E-Newsletter, SER-WC has shared 12 more weekly restoration tips.

Learn about new training resources including 'WATER", explore the changing landscape of academic journals as conceived by JoVe, gain access to new resources such as the MycoDB database, and more. 

For a complete list of 2016's weekly restoration tips, click here.

Wild Chervil, Anthriscus sylvestris (L.) Hoffm. (invasive)
Photo Credit: Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Invasive Plant Committee

Invasive Species Corner

New Publications

Mischkolz JM, Schellenberg MP, Lamb EG (2016) Assembling productive communities of native grass and legume species: finding the right mix. Applied Vegetation Science 19: 111-121

Barney, J. N. (2016), Invasive plant management must be driven by a holistic understanding of invader impacts. Applied Vegetation Science, 19: 183–184

New Resources

Flora ID Northwest, LLC

Yukon Invaders Selected Invasive Species Brochure

Working Towards Managing Invasive Species in the Yukon Report

Alaska Exotic Plants Information Clearinghouse (AKEPIC)


Fishing suspended in two Okanagan Lakes amid fears of invasive fish

Escapee ornamental on the loose!

Once labeled invasive 'rock snot' algae now deemed native

CFIA Scientist traps elusive invasive beetles with sexy insect perfume

Western Canada unites in fight against invasive species 
Pasture Sage

Pasture Sage, 
Artemisia frigida (native)

SER-WC Website

Visit our website for more resources, including 
Volunteer and Job Opportunities  and
Funding Resources.

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We are looking for projects to include in our Restoration Showcase, as well as restoration-related photos, events, news, and resources to put on our website and include in our newsletters.
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Growing Native Plants for Our Common Future
Tipi Mountain Native Plant Nursery is the premier native plant nursery
in the Southern Interior/Kootenay Region of British Columbia.

Keefer Ecological Services Ltd. (KES) provides ecologically based solutions inspired by the ingenuity observed in natural systems. KES also offers clients multi-disciplinary project coordination and leadership and green business development support.

Summer 2016 E-Newsletter

Restoring Elk Habitat through Prescribed Burn in Lytton, B.C.

Project Summary by Robin Strong, R.F.T.
July 13, 2016
The Mill Yard prescribed burn was conducted on March 30, 2016, in an effort to reduce forest fuels and monitor the effects of prescribed fire on wildlife habitat values near Lytton, B.C. The project was undertaken jointly between the Lillooet Fire Zone, Wildfire Management Branch (Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations) and myself, Robin Strong, RFT, as my final project for the Restoration of Natural Systems diploma at University of Victoria.
                       Photo Credit: Robin Strong

The 11.5 hectare study area is located on crown land, 3 km south of Lytton on Highway 1, on a fluvial terrace of the Fraser River. The natural disturbance regime of the forested ecosystems near Lytton was described by Wong (1999) as a mixed-severity fire regime, with forest structure and function predominantly influenced by frequent, low-intensity fires. Fire suppression has altered these forests to include more dense young stands. At the landscape level this has lead to changes in hydrology, decreased biodiversity, and increased fire frequency, intensity and size.

                       Photo Credit: Ryan Turcot

At the stand level, two problems have arisen from changes to forest structure. First, there is an increased threat of wildfire to the Village of Lytton. In response to this, the Village of Lytton completed mechanical fuel-management treatments in 2014 in the study area, including thinning and pruning trees and burning the resulting slash in small piles. Secondly, there is a loss of habitat value to a local population of Rocky Mountain Elk (Cervus elaphus). Read more...

Upcoming Training Opportunities

Alberta Wetland Rapid Evaluation Tool Course
Hosted by SALMTEC
August 10 - 12, 2016

Course Description: This 3-day hands on training course provides an understanding of the concept of a ABWRET-A and indicators of wetland function, and practice conducting the rapid survey and completing the ABWRET forms.

Bio-Engineering: A Restoration Course
Hosted by Columbia Mountain's Institute of Applied Ecology
October 18 - 19, 2016 in Revelstoke, BC

Course Description:
 Soil bio-engineering is an applied science that uses live plant materials, rocks, soil and landscape elements to perform an engineering function such as slope stabilization, soil erosion control or seepage control. Topics covered include factors involved in successful restoration, successional reclamation, soil bio-engineering techniques,etc.

New Resources

Protecting Canada's National Parks: A Call for Renewed Committment to Nature Conservation (CPAWS)

Resource Roads and Wetlands: A Guide for Planning Construction and Maintenance (Ducks Unlimited Canada & FP Innovations)

MycoDB Database (Dryad Digital Repository)


Funding Opportunities

Environment Grants

Delivered by the Columbia Basin Trust, these grants support ideas that will strengthen environmental well-being in relation to ecosystems, climate, water, and/or environmental education. Deadline: August 15, 2016

Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program

The FWCP operates in three regions across the province of B.C.. In the Columbia and Peace Regions, FWCP operates to meet fish and wildlife conditions in BC Hydro’s water licences. In the Coastal Region, the FWCP’s work is a voluntary initiative. The FWCP compensates for the impacts to fish and wildlife as a result of B.C. Hydro dams. Their goal is to have thriving fish and wildlife populations in watersheds that are functioning and sustainable. Deadline: October 28, 2016

Grasslands and Rangeland Enhancement Program

Delivered for the Trust by the Kootenay Livestock Association, this Program supports efforts to maintain and/or enhance grassland resources while meeting conservation, environmental and recreational objectives. Objectives include promoting the stewardship of the grassland resource, striving to maintain and enhance biodiversity and long-term fish and wildlife productivity in public grassland ecosystems and improving compatibility between livestock management and recreation use. Currently accepting applications for the 2016 funding year.

Restoration News

Read the latest restoration news published by the  the SER Headquarters.

The Winnipeg Free Press, July 16, 2016 - The Birds and the Bees...and the Grass and the Trees

The Vancouver Sun, July 13, 2016 - Wildfires an 'ongoing concern' to B.C.'s Forestry Sector

Saskatoon Star Phoenix, July 7, 2016 - U of S Opens Mine Reclamation Research Facility

Pique, June 30, 2016 - $150K Awarded for Salmon Habitat Restoration in Squamish

Rocky Mountain Outlook, June 23, 2016 - New Web Portal for Bow River Basin Information

National Post Calgary, June 21, 2016 - Calgary Park goes to the Goats: Voracious Animals are Weed Eaters in $25,000 Pilot Project

University of Alberta ALES, June 20, 2016 - ALES Ecologist Co-Leads Compilation of Huge Soil Fungi Database

Read more regional restoration news on our website.

Upcoming Events
Aug. 10 - 12
Alberta Wetland Rapid Evaluation Tool Course
Edmonton, AB
Aug. 25 - 28 Choose the Future: Environmental Education for a Culture of Change Boissevain, MB

Sep. 1 - 10
2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress Honolulu, HI
Sep. 15
Range Health Assessment Training
Brooks, AB
Sep. 21 - 23
Alberta Peatland Criteria – Field Training School
Peace River, AB

Please visit our Events Calendar for more
upcoming events, including opportunities to volunteer with local restoration projects
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