The Organization

The Canadian Land Reclamation Association/Association canadienne de réhabilitation des sites dégradés (CLRA/ACRSD) is a non-profit organization that was incorporated in 1975. The Association encourages personal and corporate involvement where reclamation or rehabilitation of disturbed lands is planned or implemented.

Its members meet annually for technical discussion, information exchange and personal interaction. Local activities occur in Alberta, Atlantic Canada, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec where there are active provincial chapters.

The CLRA/ACRSD provides its members with up-to-date technical information through the publication of its newsletters, the magazine Canadian Reclamation and proceedings of its annual conferences. These publications allow the organization to have an informal, instructional role in the decision-making processes of reclamation/rehabilitation projects and to act as a forum for the dissemination of ideas and information pertinent to reclamation activities.

From the beginnings, when the OCCC in the Crop Science Department, University of Guelph, identified the need for a national association dealing with land reclamation, to the association that exists today, the CLRA/ACRSD has held true to many of its objectives over the past years.

In fact, the original founding members of the CLRA/ACSRD laid the groundwork for the establishment and legitimization of the land reclamation field as a profession in Canada.

To read the comprehensive history of the CLRA/ACSRD, view, print or download the PDF file of the history as written and published by Aquila Publishing. This history was most recently updated in 2010.

If you or your company are involved with or interested in reclamation of land or watercourses, environmental guidelines and/or enforcement, decommissioning, research (products, methods or equipment), or education, consider becoming a member of Canada's only national association concerned solely with reclamation.



The Association is governed by an elected Board of Directors that represents most geographic areas of the country. It holds conference call meetings three or four times per year and meets with as many directors as are able to attend at the annual meeting

These individuals represent the best interest of CLRA National through:

  • National AGM and Conference

  • Canadian Reclamation magazine

  • CLRA website

  • Communication links between chapters

  • Organizational assistance for Chapter events

  • Other Chapter support as needed

National Updates


Board of Directors

Committee Chairs

David Polster

Kevin Hunsche

Andrea McEachern

Canadian Reclamation Magazine Editor
Lyndon McLean