Who should attend
Students from all educational backgrounds welcome.
About the course
This course will cover concepts related to successful land reclamation through the effective application of soil and vegetative science principles. Topics for this course include: Land use, types of disturbances, regulations governng land reclamation, soil testing, handling and storage, site preparation, plant community ecology, vegetation selection and planting, monitoring, and determinates of success within reclamation. This course will also cover special considerations such as erosion, soil and plant pathogens, amendments, and weeds. Basic knowledge of soils and vegetation is recommended, but not required.
Course at a glance
In-class, lecture-based course with group work and case study review.
Aimed at individuals transitioning into the environmental field, as well as mid-level professionals in sectors involving environmental aspects, this course will also be of value to agrologists, biologists, engineers, industrial managers, foresters, technologists, and others who wish to update their skills and knowledge in this area.
Recognized by the Alberta Institute of Agrologists (AIA) as a senior agrology course related to entrance into the profession and to augment core knowledge requirements related to a practice area.
This course may be recognized as educational or continuing professional development credits by ECO Canada, the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA), the Alberta Society of Professional Biologists (ASPB), the College of Alberta Professional Foresters (CAPF), and the Association of Science & Engineering Technology Professionals Of Alberta (ASET).
What you will learn
By the end of this course, you should be able to:
- Identify natural and anthropogenic disturbances, appropriate soil testing, soil handling and storage requirements, plant communities, and weeds.
- Describe different types of land use and proper site preparation techniques.
- Determine appropriate regulations and guidelines governing your site, appropriate reclamation monitoring plans and metrics of success, potential for erosion, and amendment requirements.
- Utilize plant information for seed selection and planting.
- While there are no prerequisites for this course, basic knowledge of soils and vegetation is recommended for student success.
- Learning materials available through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool (please have eClass materials with you in class).
- A basic calculator will be required in class for some of the modules.
- Post-course work may be required.
Because of COVID-19, many providers are cancelling or postponing in-person programs or providing online participation options.
We are happy to help you find a suitable online alternative.