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Upcoming Events

November 8: Map our Marshes Workshop, Vancouver BC

November 14: 
Practical Statistical Methods for Contaminated Sites, Vancouver BC

December 9:
How Managing Water Now... Will Shape the Future, Victoria BC

December 12:
2015 World Conference on Ecological Restoration - deadline for submission of symposia,workshops, and training courses

January 28-29:
Native Prairie Reclamation and Restoration Workshop, Saskatoon SK

February 2:
World Wetlands Day, worldwide

February 7:
What are the tools and constraints for establishing forage and reclamation? St. John, BC

April 13 - 16:
National Native Seed Conference, Santa Fe, New Mexico
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.
The Home of Logical Ecology -  Keefer Ecological Services Ltd provides exceptional work in a wide range of environmental services and plant ecology.


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SER-Western Canada
E-Newsletter: Fall 2014

SER-WC AGM - Thursday Nov. 20th
Phone in option available!

The SER-WC AGM will be hosted in partnership with the 7th Annual Foothills Restoration Forum Fall Information Session on Thursday November 20th at the Claresholm Community Centre, Claresholm, Alberta.
The theme for this year's event is: Technology & the Evolving Landscape of our Industry

The SER-WC AGM will be at 12:30 pm.
If you are unable to attend in person, please use the call in number:
Toll Free Number: 1-855-422-6644
Attendee PIN: 2715476

More Information

Restoration Spotlight
Rough and Loose: Get Nature to Do the Work
by David Polster

Ecological restoration is defined (SERI 2004) as the process of assisting the recovery of an ecosystem that has been degraded, damaged or destroyed (my emphasis).  Making the ground surface rough and loose provides this assistance.  The photograph on the left shows the penstock right-of-way at the former Heber Dam site where the rough and loose treatment was complimented by adding woody debris.  The area is covered by alder (8,550 alder stems/ha) that naturally established in the first few years following dam removal.  There are also 67 other species that have established on the former dam disturbances including Thimbleberry, Salmonberry, Douglas-fir and Western Hemlock.  The photograph on the right shows a waste rock dump slope at the Kemess Mine where live staking with willow was used to establish a pioneering vegetation cover on the rough and loose slopes.  By avoiding creating barriers (filters) to recovery such as seeding with grasses and legumes, natural processes can provide an effective strategy for the restoration of sites that have been degraded, damaged or destroyed.
Funding Opportunities

A number of deadlines for grant funding are quickly approaching.

November 1, 2014:
Environment Canada Eco-Action Community Funding Program

Wildlife Habitat Canada Conservation Grants

Manitoba Forest Enhancement Fund

November 3, 2014:
BC Habitat Trust Conservation Association

January 26, 2015:
Alberta Conservation Association Conservation, Community and Education Grants

February 1, 2015:
Grass Roots Communities Mining Mini-Grant Program

We are continuing to add additional information on grants that are available for restoration projects to our new Funding Opportunities page on our website.
Job Opportunities
SER has re-opened the position of Executive Director to internal and external applications

TERA Environmental in Calgary, Alberta is has multiple openings including Vegetation Manager and Wetlands Team Lead positions. 

Reclamation Coordinator at Arletta Consulting in Calgary, Alberta

Intermediate Reclamation Professional Project Manager at Ceilidh Environmental in Calgary Alberta

The University of Alberta, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences is hiring an Assistant Professor in Terrestrial Restoration Ecology and a Professional Masters Program Director to lead the development and implementation of two new course-based Professional Programs: Masters of Forestry and Masters in Land Reclamation and Restoration Ecology.
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