In this three-day custom seminar you will gain a better understanding and appreciation of the ecological systems that affect the complex and dynamic transitional areas between the bed and shore and become more familiar with the new Alberta Government’s Wetland policy, how this influences our job and what it takes to become certified to evaluate wetlands.

Dates and Locations:

April 30 and May 1 - The Calgary Winter Club, 4611 – 14 Street NW, Calgary

June 21 – Field trip in Calgary area, locations to be finalized

(Registration Deadline: April 23)

 

Session Times: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Who is Invited: ALSs, articled students, your staff and clients, land surveyors from other jurisdictions, etc. Non-ALSA members will have to pay by credit card to register.

Cost: $750 + GST (including lunch)

Presenter: Fiera Biological Consulting

Seminar Synopsis:

In this three-day custom seminar we will gain a better understanding and appreciation of the ecological systems that affect the complex and dynamic transitional areas between the bed and shore and become more familiar with the new Alberta Government’s Wetland policy, how this influences our job and what it takes to become certified to evaluate wetlands.

The direct benefits of taking this course will include gaining a better understanding of:

  • The ecological definitions of aquatic, riparian and upland habitat.
  • Key ecological indicators of aquatic and riparian habitats.
  • The policies and legislation are relevant to the delineation of water boundaries (Section 17 of Surveys Act, Public Lands Act, Water Act, Provincial Wetland Policy, Municipal Wetland and Riparian policies), where to find these policies and the gaps or inconsistencies that exist in this legislation.
  •  How hydrological processes influence plant types and soil around a body of water.
  • The type of vegetation species that live in different habitat zones.
  • Soils and soil type indicators in and around water bodies.
  • How climate change might affect water bodies.
  • Professional requirements for wetland reporting (classifying, defining permanence, delineating based on the Wetland Identification and Delineation Directive, assessing condition).
  • The difference between a wetland and a lake and between a natural and man-made wetland.
  • Desktop tools that support delineating water bodies and riparian habitats.

 

The field component of this course will provide a hands-on look at key vegetation and soil indicators that can be used to identify aquatic, wetland, riparian and upland habitat. In the field component of the course participants will better understand how to:

  • Sample vegetation and soil and identify plant species.
  • Identify a high water mark based on soil conditions and vegetation indicators.
  • Identify key, site specific, hydrological processes that might affect water levels.

 

Single and multiple registrations can be completed on the ALSA website under Events. You must be logged into the website to register. Please contact Kerry Barrett at barrett@alsa.ab.ca if you require assistance.