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ACCOMMODATION:The Hampton Inn is located adjacent to the Trade & Convention Centre. Their address is 60 Maillard Street, Membertou. The Cambridge Suites Hotel is located on the waterfront at 380 Esplanade and is a short taxi ride from the Conference location.
WORKSHOPS: There are three workshops scheduled for September 25th. Details will be added as they become available.
Workshop 1: Licensed Professional Planners Association of Nova Scotia
Workshop 2: Bioengineering Workshop
Soil bioengineering is an applied science that uses live plant materials, rocks, soil and landscape elements to perform an engineering function such as slope stabilization, soil erosion control or seepage control.
Natural processes have been “reclaiming” natural disturbances since the beginnings of time. This one day workshop will explore how these natural processes can be applied to the reclamation of sites that humans have disturbed. It is clear that traditional reclamation programs are failing to generate the ecological goods and services that were lost during the disturbance of the site. Providing erosion control is a key element in the development of effective restoration programs. We will look at the processes of erosion and how natural systems solve erosion problems. Similarly, many disturbed sites lack nutrients for plant growth or the capacity to cycle the nutrients that are available. We will explore the natural processes that provide nutrients and nutrient cycling capacity to ecosystems and how these can be re-established on disturbed sites. In many cases the systems and processes that naturally reclaim disturbed sites can be established on anthropogenic disturbances easily and at a lower cost than using traditional reclamation techniques.
The workshop will be lead by David Polster. Mr. Polster has been involved in the reclamation of severely disturbed sites for over 30 years. He is president of the Canadian Land Reclamation Association (3rd term) and is on the board of the BC Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration and the BC Invasive Plant Council. Dave is well known for his work in the use of soil bioengineering treatments to solve difficult reclamation problems. He recently instructed a post-graduate certification program in designing for natural processes at the University of Victoria.
Workshop 3: Erosion and Sediment Control
CLRA/ACRSD ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING: This meeting is scheduled for lunch time on September 27th.
September 25th - Workshops
September 26th and 27th - Technical Sessions
September 28th - Field Trips (to Sydney Tar Ponds area and nearby reclaimed minesite.
During the meeting, there is also a Spousal Program (go to www.arc2012.ca ti view this posting)