Restoration Workshop in the Elbow River Watershed
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Join the Elbow River Watershed Partnership for this unique 2-day riparian restoration workshop! Learn the theory and science behind soil bioengineering and how this approach uses plant material, rock, soil and landscape elements for such purposes as slope stabilization, erosion/seepage control in watershed restoration projects. You will also have the opportunity to put your new knowledge into practice when we get out into the field and work together on restoring several sites in the Greater Bragg Creek and Kananaskis areas.
Instructor David F. Polster, MSC, RPBio is a plant ecologist with over 35 years of experience in vegetation studies, reclamation and invasive species management. He has developed a wide variety of reclamation techniques for mines, industrial developments, steep/unstable slopes and reestablishment of riparian and aquatic habitats. The course will focus on use of natural processes and systems to restore drastically disturbed sites, including streambanks and riparian areas.
Who should attend:
- Members of the Redwood Meadows/Bragg Creek communities: residents, landowners, ranchers
- Redwood Meadows, Alberta Parks and Rocky View County staff, including Public Works, Parks, Environmental Services and Agricultural Services
- Recreational trail users for (motorized and non-motorized)
- Environmental organizations
- Golf Course superintendents
- Watershed Stewardship Groups
*SPACE IS LIMITED – Preregistration required
Course Fee (includes GST, Lunch on Day 1 & course manual):
$25.00 - Landowners and Residents in the Elbow River watershed (including the communities in the Greater Bragg Creek area, Redwood Meadows, Tsuu T'ina Nation, Springbank and Calgary) as well as all students
$45.00 - All others (municipal staff, NGOs, businesses, residents outside of the watershed area)
$75 - Industry and commercial
Friday, October 14th, 10:30am - 4:30pm at Redwood House: a full day presentation by Dave Polster
**Please bring a notebook and pen/pencil to the workshop.
Lunch, drinks and snacks will be provided during this in-house session
Saturday, October 15th, 9am-4pm at various restoration sites within the Greater Bragg Creek/Kananaskis area (exact locations to be announced during the Friday session)
Please note that this is a full day of outdoor, hands on work in the field, much of which requires the ability to dig, lift and carry heavy objects etc.
- work gloves
- hand pruners (if you have them)
- outdoor clothes that you don't mind getting dirty, be prepared for all types of weather
- rain gear
- rubber boots/closed-toed boots
- a shovel (if you have one)
- a bucket
- bottle of water and a bagged lunch that will sustain you through this physical day!
We supply plant material for transplanting, planting poles, hand tools. Crews for this day will be between 15 and 20 registrants at each restoration site. You will have the opportunity to choose the site you'd like to work on during the Friday in-house session and will also receive information on the meeting locations for the fieldwork at this time.
The ERWP is partnering with numerous organizations to make this event possible: