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Foothills Riparian Restoration Field Workshops

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Riparian Restoration Workshop Series August 23rd - 27th 10:00am - 4:00pm Daily (includes Lunch!)

Attend one or more of these upcoming workshops to learn how to identify riparian plants, reconstruct stream banks, mitigate climate impacts, and participate in restoring your watersheds.

These essential land management workshops lead by Sustainability Resources with Cows and Fish (Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society) discuss forests as an engineering tool, forests for water quality, and forests as a climate strategy. Guest speakers from Natural Resources Canada, the Government of Alberta, Alberta Tomorrow and others will provide participants with a greater understanding of carbon offsets, the carbon cycle, and the role of healthy watersheds in mitigating climate impacts.

August 23rd, 10am – 4pm Riparian Restoration & Land Use Planning with Alberta Tomorrow

This Riparian Workshop will feature the Alberta Tomorrow Foundation deploying a GIS mapping technology to help participants understand multiple impacts on our landscape by modelling land-use using their free online app. We will travel back in time and then into the future to test a land-use plan. This session will also include an overview of the Water Cycle, the Carbon Cycle, and Photosynthesis, interpreting riparian health with Cows and Fish, and an afternoon in the watershed planting native trees and shrubs to restore habitat and riparian function in the Sheep River Watershed.

August 24th, 10am-4pm Riparian Restoration & Flood Recovery with AMEC Foster Wheeler and Cows & Fish

This workshop features a 30 minute site tour with Cows and Fish and AMEC Foster Wheeler on the Flood Recovery Project. Participants will discuss engineering designs and river dynamics while stopping to identify plant species. We will also provide an overview of the water cycle, the carbon cycle, and photosynthesis. Interpret riparian health with Cows and Fish and spend an afternoon planting native trees and shrubs to restore habitat and riparian function in the Sheep River Watershed.

August 25th, 10am-4pm Riparian Restoration & Carbon Accounting in Forested Landscapes with Natural Resources Canada

This essential land management workshop is lead by Sustainability Resources with Cows and Fish (Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society) where we will discuss forests as an engineering tool, forests for water quality, and forests as a strategy to combat climate change.

This workshop features a guest lecture from the developer of CBM-CFS3, Stephen Kull. The CBM-CFS3 is a modeling framework for stand- and landscape- level carbon accounting in forests. We will discuss data and the best conditions for using the Carbon Budget Model, other tools, and overall considerations for carbon modeling.

This workshop will also include an overview of the Water Cycle, the Carbon Cycle, and Photosynthesis. Participate in plant identification with Cows and Fish, and spend an afternoon in the watershed planting native trees and shrubs to restore habitat and riparian function in the Sheep River Watershed.

Stephen Kull began his forestry career working on provincial forest management plans as a forester and data analyst, and migrated to the Canadian Forest Service at Natural Resources Canada. He’s been involved in the domain of forest carbon accounting and management for over a decade, specifically with regards to NRCan's Carbon Budget Model of the Canadian Forest Sector (CBM-CFS3). He is the lead technical writer for software documentation related to the model, and is the main technical support contact for CBM-CFS3 users around the world. The CBM-CFS3 model has been adapted and applied in over 30 countries.

August 26th 10am – 4pm Riparian Restoration & Riparian Forests, a Blackfoot Traditional Perspective with Harley Bastein, Piikani First Nation

This workshop features an interpretive walk in the watershed by Harley Bastein, a member of the Piikani First Nation. We will also provide an overview of the Water Cycle, the Carbon Cycle, and Photosynthesis. Interpret riparian health with Cows and Fish and spend an afternoon planting native trees and shrubs to restore habitat and riparian function in the Sheep River Watershed. Harley’s 20+ year environmental consulting career took him around the world. After semi-retiring, Harley founded Buffalo Rock Tipi Camp where he shares his families’ stories, language, and knowledge.

August 27th 10am – 4pm Riparian Restoration & A Review of Carbon Credit Policy with the Government of Alberta

This session features a Review of Alberta’s Carbon Credit Policy with Bryan Adkins from the Alberta Climate Change Office. We will explore our provincial offset system and any updates occurring in the sector. We will also provide an overview of the Water Cycle, the Carbon Cycle, and Photosynthesis. Interpret riparian health with Cows and Fish and spend an afternoon planting native trees and shrubs to restore habitat and riparian function in the Sheep River Watershed.

Bryan is a Carbon Offset Policy Advisor for the Government of Alberta. His expertise is in linking complex natural resource management and conservation challenges to cross-cutting issues in human development. Bryan specifically focuses on forests, conservation, and achieving sustainable development goals.

Sustainability Resources coordinates the workshops with support from federal and provincial environmental grants. These workshops are designed to help elected representatives and government staff to learn how plants clean our drinking water, reinforce shorelines, mitigate flood and drought, and absorb carbon. Each workshop demonstrates how to capitalize on these benefits by implementing an actual enhancement project. Riparian Restoration Workshops are ideal for people working in parks, drainage, land use planning, agriculture, or landscaping, and especially decision making.

This year we are enhancing flood recovery projects in the Municipal District of Foothills at Three-Point Creek in the Sheep River Watershed! Residents of the Watershed: $FREE | Non-Profits/Under-employed (Pay-What-You-Can Corporate/Government/Professionals: $50.00 (Includes Lunch!)

In 2017 we’re hiring up to 10 at-risk youth through the Youth Emergency Shelter Society (YESS) to plant more trees in the ground! Youth who enter into the apprenticeship program get paid training and work experience, a Certificate of Completion, references, and mentorship during tax season.

*These workshops are provided witth the generous support of the Government of Canada and the Government of Alberta!

Earn your Certificate in Riparian Restoration Essentials - participants who complete two or more days of workshops in this series will earn a Certificate issued by Sustainability Resources and our Riparian Restoration Partners !

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