Using soils, tree-ring data, and historic records to establish a restoration target at the Cross Conservation Area

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Presented by Dr. David Goldblum and Emily Lambert


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Date:              February 13,2018

Time:              12:00  to 1:00 pm

Location:      Conference Room ‘A’, Husky Conference Centre, Calgary, AB,

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Little of the pre-European vegetation community remains in the fescue grassland ecoregion of southern Alberta. The Ann and Sandy Cross Conservation Area (near Priddis) which is on the fringe of this and the aspen parkland ecoregion is interested in developing a long-term restoration plan for their site. Determining pre-European settlement vegetation patterns can be challenging, especially in areas with few historic written accounts. Thus, we seek to combine numerous documentary and environmental data sources to reconstruct the vegetation community for the Cross Conservation Area site. Specifically, we focus on soil conditions, tree-ages, historic aerial images, and the late 19th Century Dominion Land Survey to piece together a target for restoring the site to pre-European conditions. This project is in the early stages, so we present some theoretical background and preliminary results.

Presenter Biography

Emily Lambert is an undergraduate student at the University of Calgary, in the department of Geography.  Her interests include Biogeography and Landscape Ecology, and in the future, she is hoping to be doing work in landscape management, restoration and conservation.  She in the Vice President of Events of the Palliser Club at the university, which is the undergraduate geography club. In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors, volunteering at a wildlife center, and teaching karate. 


David Goldblum is an associate professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Calgary. David’s research interests focus on both natural disturbances and anthropogenic impacts on forest, grassland, and woodland plant communities. He’s had research projects on fire ecology in Australia and Colorado, forest ecology in New Caledonia, New York state, and central Ontario, and grassland ecology in Illinois and Alberta.


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