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Weekly Restoration Tips

Since the Spring
E-Newsletter, SER-WC has shared 11 more weekly restoration tips.

Learn how easy it is to collect and plant cattail seeds, about the benefits of coarse woody debris application in reclamation, and more: 

Tips #1 through #26  are posted on the 2015 Weekly Restoration Tips page of our website.

zebra mussel (invasive)

Invasive Species Corner

Creative Projects Working to Combat Invasive Species

Turning Invasive Carp into Organic Fertilizer

Turning Prickly Lettuce Goo into Rubber

New Resources

New federal Aquatic Invasive Species Regulation
(summary article)

Canadian Columbia Basin Regional Framework for an Aquatic Invasive Species Program: 2015 to 2020

New book: Invasive Species and Global Climate Change

Webinar Series

BC Invasive Species Council Webinar Series
Learn More

Invasive Mussels a
Hot Topic

Inspections in Alberta recently found a boat contaminated with invasive zebra and quagga mussels (Calgary Herald article).

Calls mount in BC to take stronger action against invasive mussels (Globe and Mail) and the video Mussel Threat: Protecting BC's Freshwater has been viewed widely. 

Lilum columbianum (native)

New on our Website

Updated Volunteer and Job Opportunities

New projects in the Restoration Showcase, including contributions from the Nature Conservancy of Canada

Become Involved!

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.

contact us if you have anything to share!
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.

E-Newsletter: Summer 2015

New Master of Science in Ecological Restoration Approved

A Master of Science in Ecological Restoration has been approved by the BC Minister of Advanced Education! This new opportunity to further your education in ecological restoration is a joint program between Simon Fraser University and the BC Institute of Technology. Applications are still being accepted for fall 2015 intake.

Reclamation Bucket List

While definitions of reclamation and restoration have been developed (SER defines ecological restoration as the process of assisting the recovery of an ecosystem that has been degraded, damaged, or destroyed), when asked for details about what reclamation and restoration professionals actually do, the question is not always succinctly answered. A great resource for understanding the basics of ecological restoration is the SER International Primer on Ecological Restoration

The University of Alberta Land Reclamation International Graduate School (LRIGS), funded by the CREATE program of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, has also developed a new tool for outlining what land reclamation professionals do. LRIGS students, fellows, researchers and governance committee members have developed a land reclamation bucket list. This is a list of activities in which those engaging in land reclamation work are likely to participate or activities they may wish to pursue to broaden their experiences and perspectives. 

The bucket list is a tool that they hope you find useful. If you are considering beginning a career in land reclamation, they want to help you with your decision, by telling you what you might encounter in your studies and on the job. If you are a professional new to the field, the list might help you map out goals for your career. For long time professionals, the list may suggest possible challenges you have not previously considered.

Do you have feedback on the bucket list? Did you notice anything missing? Please send your feedback to LRIGS would appreciate hearing from you.

Restoration News

Read the latest publication of SERNews - April 2015 Latin America Issue from the SER Headquarters

Comox Valley Record, June 17, 2015Courtenay and District Fish and Game Protective Association win award - Link

The Province, June 13, 2015 - Volunteers put the final touches to salmon habitat restoration in North Vancouver - Link

Sarnia Observer, June 12, 2015Habitat restoration project planned for Enbridge solar farm - Link

SER-WC, June 8, 2015 - Restoration and the Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative - Link

The Watershed Observer, Spring & Summer 2015 - Restorative solutions in Netley-Libau Marsh - Link

University of Saskatchewan News, May 22, 2015$1.8 million awarded for new mine reclamation research facility - Link

Various Articles, May 2015 - Restoration of woodland caribou habitat is key - Link

Science, May 8, 2015 New paper published: Committing to Ecological Restoration - Link
Read more regional restoration news on our website.

Upcoming Events
Date Event Location
Jul 18
Parks Canada Day 
(view events)
Across Canada
Aug 23-26
Water, Air and Land: Sustainability Issues in Mineral and Metal Extraction Symposium
Toronto, ON
Aug 23-27

SER 6th World Conference on Ecological Restoration
Manchester, UK
Aug 31-
Sep 3
Northern Latitudes Mining Reclamation Workshop
Juneau, AK
Sep 28-
Oct 4
BC Wetlands Institute Okanagan, BC
Oct 19-21
North American Invasive Species Management Association 2015 Conference
Vancouver, BC
Oct 27-29
Statistics Course: Introduction to Bayesian Methods for Ecologists
Revelstoke, BC

Oct 31

International Rangeland Congress 
call for papers closes


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

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