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Welcome to our New Media Coordinator!

The current SER-WC Media Coordinator, Katie McMahen, is off to pursue graduate studies and Cassandra Copp is taking over the position.

Cassandra's background is in communications, and is currently completing her Master’s degree at the University of Alberta focusing on Environmental Sociology. She is looking forward to taking on this position, and is excited to work alongside SER-WC members and partners this upcoming year.

Weekly Restoration Tips

Since the Summer
E-Newsletter, SER-WC has shared 19 more weekly restoration tips.

Learn about remote sensing applications for ecological monitoring, genomics, lake overturn, re-vegetation assessment methodologies and more: 

Tips #1 through #45  are posted on the 2015 Weekly Restoration Tips page of our website.

Prairie Junegrass, 
Koeleria macrantha

SER-WC Website

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

Member Benefits

Why become a SER member?

Member benefits include: a subscription to the informative e-newsletter; discounted rates for conference registrations, journal subscriptions, and books; access to the online members community and Career Centre; and more! It’s only $5 extra for SER members to join the SER-WC chapter and get connected regionally. 

Learn how to become a member

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.
Please 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: 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

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.


Restoration News

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, 2015Just 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, 2015Meewasin 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
Date Event Location
Nov 23 2015 Ecological Issues & Resource Access Forum Calgary, AB
Nov 25
Tools to Encourage BC Gardeners and Businesses to Choose Non-Invasive Plants Webinar
Nov 28
Vermillion Watershed Restoration and Enhancement Project Launch
Manville / Two Hills, AB
Feb 2-3
Richmond, BC
Feb 16-18 Prairie Conservation and Endangered Species Conference
Saskatoon, SK

Feb 29
International Rangeland Congress
call for papers and presentations closes

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