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OBJECTIVES OF THE CLRA/ACRSD
CLRA/ACRSD is a non-profit organization incorporated in Canada with corresponding members throughout North America and other countries. The main objectives of CLRA/ACRSD are:
• To further knowledge and encourage investigation of problems and solutions in land reclamation.
• To provide opportunities for those interested in and concerned with land reclamation to meet and exchange information, ideas and experience.
• To incorporate the advances from research and practical experience into land reclamation planning and practice.
• To collect information relating to land reclamation and publish periodicals, books and leaflets which the Association may think desirable.
• To encourage education in the field of land reclamation.
• To provide awards for noteworthy achievements in the field of land reclamation.
ACTIVITIES OF CLRA/ACRSD
The following brief description of annual activities of the CLRA/ACRSD has been prepared to inform members of events, publications and awards available through the Association.
Annual Meeting and Conference - The location of the Annual Meeting and Conference is chosen by the Board of Directors, usually two years in advance, from submissions made by individuals or groups to host the meeting. Whenever possible, locations will alternate between Eastern and Western Canada to allow maximum participation by CLRA/ACRSD members across Canada over the years. Proceedings are available.
• accessibility (area, travel costs, etc.)
• proximity to interesting field trips
• leisure and tourism activities
Time of Year
• preference is between June and August, with the final decision that of the local organizing committee
• acceptable accommodation
• space/rooms for paper submissions and exhibitors
• in-house food and beverage
• membership support to plan the meeting
• co-host possibilities with related organizations
The Annual Meeting and Conference includes paper presentations, an awards banquet for presentation of the Student, Noranda and Watkin awards, and a general meeting to provide information, conduct business and hold elections. Also included are field trips to reclamation sites of interest in the area. Once the location is selected and an Organizing Committee formed, the Committee assumes responsibility for all aspects of the meeting/conference/field trips and carries out all requirements as listed in the CLRA/ACRSD Annual Meeting Guidelines.
• Noranda Land Reclamation Award - This most prestigious award is presented to an individual in recognition of outstanding achievement in land reclamation in Canada.
A Selection Committee (comprised of a representative from the Board, the two most recent past recipients of the award, and a representative from each Chapter) considers nominated individuals and makes a recommendation on the next recipient of the award to Noranda Minerals Inc. at least two months in advance of the Annual Meeting and Conference.
• Dr. Edward M. Watkin Award - Presented to either an individual or group (company, industry, college, university or department thereof), this award recognizes major contributions which advance the progress of reclamation and/or major contributions in the advancement of the CLRA/ACRSD.
A Selection Committee (comprised of the two most recent past recipients of the award and a representative from each Chapter) considers nominees and informs the Secretary-Treasurer of its selection two months in advance of the Annual Meeting and Conference.
• Student Awards - Presentation of student awards is determined by the Chapter or region hosting the Annual Meeting. One award is a $500 W.E. Coates Student Award, presented by the CLRA/ACRSD. Students should contact the organizers to determine what awards will be presented and what the requirements are. Provincial Chapters may also present student awards at their Annual Meetings.
The formation of provincial/regional/territorial Chapters is encouraged whenever membership reaches a supportive number in a specific area. The minimum number of members needed to form a Chapter is nine. Chapters provide CLRA/ACRSD members with the additional benefit of regional activities and information. Chapters currently exist in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Atlantic Canada.
Each Chapter may implement its own program, strategy and by-laws for furthering the objectives of the CLRA/ACRSD. Activities may include meetings and conferences with topical speakers, special group projects, provincial student awards, etc. The President of each Chapter is a member of the Board of Directors of the national CLRA/ACRSD Board and is able to address the concerns of members in his/her province/region/territory.
Newsletters & Canadian Reclamation magazine
A Newsletter is published twice yearly, usually in the summer (Reclamation Newsletter) and winter, and contains various updates and articles on all aspects of reclamation. The winter issue is the IALR Newsletter (International Affiliation of Land Reclamationists) edition. It provides expanded world-wide information and has world-wide distribution. A second publication, "Canadian Reclamation", is published twice per year and provides a forum for both articles (printed with colour illustrations) and advertising.
Anyone involved in any aspect of reclamation is encouraged to submit articles for either publication. Articles should be submitted in a timely fashion. Although a paper copy is acceptable, the preferred format is WordPerfect or Word. Newsletter articles can either be mailed to Linda Jones (PO Box 61047 Kensington PO, Calgary, Alberta T2N 4S6) or sent via e-mail (email@example.com). Articles for Canadian Reclamation should be sent to Tracy Patterson, editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org
CLRA/ACRSD is an active member of the International Affiliation of Land Reclamationists. As such, all members of CLRA/ACRSD enjoy membership in the IALR.
The CLRA/ACRSD is always looking for members who would like to take a more active role in the Association. If you would like to become more involved, please contact a current Board member, a Chapter president or the Secretary-Treasurer at Box 61047, Kensington PO, Calgary, Alberta T2N 4S6; phone/fax - (403) 289-9435; or e-mail - email@example.com