Bio-engineering workshop with Dave Polster

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South Ghost Staging Area



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This is a great opportunity to learn from one of the best bio-engineering specialists in Canada in this field day workshop! Learn how to use native plants to restore streambanks in the Ghost Watershed, located one hour NW of Calgary.

We will meet at 9:00am and the field day will end at 4:30pm. Lunch will be provided in the field.
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The workshop is open to everyone interested in bio-engineering and is free of charge thanks to funding provided by the Alberta Conservation Association.

This workshop is being organized in partnership with Trout Unlimited Canada and the Backcountry Hunters & Anglers.

Space for this workshop is limited, so get your tickets soon!

Please note that the field work involves physical labour with hand tools. You will have to be reasonably fit and we will require that you sign a waiver and photo release prior to commencing the work. Photos and video footage will be taken during the field day.

About Dave Polster:

David F. Polster, R.P. Bio. is a plant ecologist with over 35 years of experience in vegetation studies, reclamation and invasive species management. He graduated from the University of Victoria with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in 1975 and a Master of Science degree in 1977. He has developed a wide variety of reclamation techniques for mines, industrial developments and steep/unstable slopes as well as techniques for the re-establishment of riparian and aquatic habitats. Dave teaches soil bioengineering and ecological restoration workshops for industrial clients and stewardship groups. Dave has applied his knowledge in ecology to solving problems of unwanted and invasive vegetation. He has authored numerous papers and teaches graduate level courses on these topics.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

You need to be 18 years of age or older and physically fit to work with hand tools.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The restoration site is easily accessible from the Forestry Trunk Road (mostly paved, only last 5km are gravel). If you would like to carpool to the site from Cochrane, please let us know!

What can I bring into the event?

Please dress for potentially rapidly changing weather conditions in the mountains. Bring rubber boots (preferably safety boot type) or stury waterproof hiking boots, work gloves and safety glasses if you have. If you have tools such as large loppers, hand pruners and shovels, please bring them along. We will be providing planting bars to the volunteers.
Please bring something to drink for yourselves. Lunch will be provided.

Where can I find out more about the organizer?

You can visit the wesbite of Ghost Watershed Alliance Society at

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