E-Newsletter: Fall 2015
SER-WC AGM and Field Trip Report
SER-WC held a successful AGM and field tour in Canmore Alberta on September 26th.
The field tour of restoration activities in Banff National Park was a scenic and interesting professional development event. Parks Canada staff led a presentation on a new program that is working to reintroduce a small herd of plains bison into the park. Plains bison are a keystone species that previously played a key role in the park's montane ecosystem, but have been absent from the park since its establishment.
The tour also included an overview of wildfire management techniques, including prescribed burns, being implemented in the park. To preserve representative vegetation communities as mandated by Parks Canada, active ecosystem based management is required in order to duplicate the influence of native burning and hunting, fire history and predator-prey relationships that historically structured and maintained these ecosystems.
Park management area following a burn event
To learn more about land management and restoration activities in Banff National Park, please visit the Parks Canada website
Celebrate the United Nations
International Year of Soils
Please visit our Events Calendar for more
The United Nations has designated 2015 as the International Year of Soils,
with the goal of increasing awareness and understanding of the importance of soil for food security and essential ecosystem functions. Western Canada's diverse ecology and landscapes coupled with climate change and regional economic resource activities (such as agriculture, forestry, mining, and oil and gas) that draw on or affect our soil resources, necessitates that we understand soil resources. Our changing environment presents numerous soil rehabilitation opportunities for restoration practitioners.
In honour of the International Year of Soils, take the opportunity to brush up on your soil knowledge. Here are some resources to get you started:
- SOILx: an information service for soil types and soil sites across Canada.
- International Soil Resource and Information Centre: an independent science-based foundation that operates in three main areas: (1) soil data and soil mapping, (2) application of soil data in global development issues, and (3) training and education.
- Virtual Soil Science Learning Resources:
resources developed by a collaborative group, which includes experts from 7 universities and 3 research institutions in Canada, that is working to enhance soil science education through cooperation and innovative approaches to teaching and learning.
Read the latest issue of SERNews
published by the the SER Headquarters (September 2015).
Kelowna Courier, October 21, 2015 -
Vials Gone as Students Help Restore Wetland - Link
Aldergrove Star, October 5, 2015
- Zoo Receives Conservation Award - Link
Castanet, September 21, 2015 - Penticton Creek Restoration Showcase - Link
SER-WC, August 21, 2015 - Invasive Species Cookoff - Link
Pincher Creek Echo, July 20, 2015 -
Feds announce $22,000 for Hidden Creek project - Link
CBC News August 5, 2015
- Canmore Park wetlands to be restored by City of Calgary - Link
Northern Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative, July 1, 2015 -
Just Released! The Beaver Restoration Guidebook: Working with Beaver to Restore Streams, Wetlands, and Floodplains - Link
Rocky Mountain Trench Ecological Restoration Program, July 2, 2015
- Waldo North Grasslands Restoration Project Update - Link
Meewasin Website, June 12, 2015 -
Meewasin Receives $25,000 from CN EcoConnexions From the Ground Up - Link
Surrey Now, July 9, 2015
- Surrey program marks 20 years of SHaRPening up city waterways - Link
Sarnia Observier, June 21, 2015 -
Habitat restoration project planned for Enbridge solar farm - Link
Read more regional restoration news on our website
upcoming events, including opportunities to volunteer with local restoration projects