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Remediation and Restoration in the Watershed Presentations

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Presentation by Sheri Foley
Water Crossings from a Pipeline Surveill
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Presentation by Chris Chiasson
Lidar mapping.pdf
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Presentation by Les Fuller Ph.D., P.Ag.
Agrology Practice Standards.pdf
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Presentation by Dr. Amanda Schoonmaker
Reclamation challenges in NW_MPWA.pdf
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Presentation by Kristen Andersen
prs_MPWA_restoration.pdf
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Upcoming Tradeshows:

 May 15 & 16 - Grande Prairie Petroleum Tradeshow, Grande Prairie


Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute Forum 2019

Below are the presentations form the ABMI Forum 2019. 

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Review of ABMI and it's approach going forward.
1,2, 3 -Looking Backwards_Looking Forwar
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Integrated monitoring of birds and mammals and the use of big data to improve our understanding.
1. Erin Bayne - Integrated Monitoring of
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A review of how ABMI and Al-Pac have worked together.
2. Elston Dzus AlPac and ABMI.pdf
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A look at how fire affects caribou habitat.
3. Sean Konkolics_ABMI_Fire and Caribou.
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Presentation on fires across the landscape and their buffers.
4. Don Page_ Buffers_Fires_Surveys.pdf
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A review of the remote sensing approaches used.
4.Land Surface Monitoring_Jahan Kariyeva
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A look at the tools ABMI provides for users to access and understand their data.
5. Custom Reporting_Tara Narwani_Jan 30
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A look at where habitat/wildlife refugia will be in the future due to climate change and fire.
5. Diana Stralberg.pdf
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A review of the taxonomy that ABMI does.
6. Taxonomic Challenges and Opportunitie
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A workshop on the Advances Landcover Prediction and Habitat Assessment tool.
ALPHA_InformationForum2019.pdf
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Workshop on caribou monitoring.
Caribou Monitoring Unit_InformationForum
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Workshop on the citizen science app NatureLynx.
NatureLynx_InformationForum2019.pdf
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Workshop on the joint monitoring initiative "WildTrax".
WildTrax_InformationForum2019.pdf
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Update for Alberta’s Wetland Policy Means Huge Opportunity for Farmers

 

Jay White, M.Sc., P.Biol., WSP, QAES

Principal, Aquality
3 articles

 

 

 

A recent update to Alberta’s Wetland Policy (Dec. 2018) means that grants are now available from the Government of Alberta to finance private wetland restoration in addition to existing Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) payments. This means even more opportunities for farmers to get paid for wetland restoration!

Alberta has already lost 70% of wetlands in settled areas.1 Landowners and proponents responsible for the loss of a wetland must pay a wetland replacement fee or undertake a wetland replacement project.2 The December update to the Wetland Policy shifts replacement fee payments from Ducks Unlimited Canada back to the Alberta Government. 2,3 This shift in policy provides more flexibility and access to wetland restoration funds for farmers and other landowners who have had difficulty restoring wetlands due to the expense.2 Over the past several decades, drastic wetland losses have occurred because the value of these ecosystems wasn’t understood, and it was difficult to restore wetlands on private lands. Now there are funds available to accomplish this.

Shifts to the Wetland Policy allow for wetland delivery agents (formerly known as wetland restoration agencies) to apply to the Government of Alberta and receive contractual agreements for wetland restoration projects.3 This can be extremely advantageous as delivery agencies can expand the geographic region in which Alberta can complete wetland restoration, something that has been a hinderance in the past.3 Emerging delivery agencies could support certain groups for restoration projects, similar to how producers are supported specifically by ALUS programs for wetland restoration.3 This could create specialized delivery agencies that deliver wetland restoration plans to meet the client’s goals and ensure the long-term success of the project. This policy shift will allow a huge opportunity for landowners, municipalities, consultants, and others to become delivery agents, fulfill the goals of the Wetland Policy, and restore highly valued ecosystems that were destroyed.2

 ALUS is a non-profit program that Aquality partners with for wetland restoration. ALUS works with farmers and ranchers at a community level to protect and restore wetlands, among other projects.4 ALUS pays producers annually for following wetland restoration and environmental management plans that ALUS specifically designs for their landscape.4 ALUS has already partnered with several communities in Alberta, such as Northern Sunrise County.5 ALUS, Northern Sunrise and Aquality have advised and implemented several successful projects, such as wetland and riparian enhancement.6

 For more information about how to become a wetland delivery agent or discuss your project needs contact Aquality Environmental Consulting Ltd. today. 

 Links 

ALUS Canada https://alus.ca/

 Alberta Wetland Policy http://aep.alberta.ca/water/programs-and-services/wetlands/alberta-wetland-policy.aspx

 Alberta Wetland Policy Implementation http://aep.alberta.ca/water/programs-and-services/wetlands/alberta-wetland-policy-implementation.aspx

 1.      Government of Alberta. Alberta Environment and Parks. Jul 6, 2018. Wetlands: What are Wetlands? Accessed January 10, 2019 http://aep.alberta.ca/water/programs-and-services/wetlands/default.aspx

 2.      Government of Alberta. 2018. Alberta Wetland Replacement Fact Sheet. Accessed January 15, 2019. https://open.alberta.ca/dataset/434aa433-8836-4637-9386-c67844b41b9d/resource/9e455832-f97b-4905-9575-e772dccd9338/download/wetland-replacement-factsheet-201812.pdf

 3.      Alberta NAWMP Partnership. 2013. Wetland Restoration in Alberta: Current Status and Future Potential. Accessed January 16, 2019. http://www.abnawmp.ca/media/uploads/Alberta_NAWMP_Wetland_Forum_Summary_March_2013.pdf

 4.      ALUS Canada. 2014. ALUS Cookbook 2014-11-24.

 5.      ALUS Canada. 2019. ALUS Northern Sunrise. Accessed January 15, 2019. https://alus.ca/alus_community/alus-northern-sunrise/

 6.      Northern Sunrise County. 2017. 2017 Agricultural Stewardship Tour: Heart River Watershed Project & ALUS Northern Sunrise. Accessed January 16, 2019. https://albertaecotrust.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Tour_Information_Sheets.pdf

 

 


Wood Buffalo National Park Strategic Envrionmental Assessment

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This is the Action Plan being developed by Parks Canada to address the issues identified in Wood Buffalo National Park.
Action Plan Draft WBNP WHS Nov. 16 2018.
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