CLRA National Newsletter - Summer 2018


2018 OMA and CLRA Ontario Mine Reclamation Symposium and Field Trip

June 19 - 20, 2018
Wawa Michipicoten Memorial Community Centre
Wawa, ON

Registration deadline June 14, 2018!



This year our National AGM & Conference will be held in beautiful Miramichi, New Brunswick on Oct 16 – 18, 2018. I cordially invite you to attend the conference, actively participate in its technical sessions, and contribute to the continued success of this conference series. Click here  to register, sponsor, and for more details.


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Nominate a Candidate


Dr. Edward M. Watkin

Major contributions of the nominee to land reclamation, especially through service to foster advances in regulation, reclamation success or development of personnel or students.


Noranda Award

A nominee in the areas of professional practice, teaching, research and/or regulatory development as they relate to the profession of land reclamation in Canada.

Also, the ‘ Linda Jones Memorial Award’ and the ‘Linda Jones Memorial Fund’ are always welcoming donations. Please contact us for more information on how to contribute.


As always, I extend a heartfelt thank you to the Board of Directors and the Chapter Boards for their continued volunteer work and dedication. 

Your input on what you want from the CLRA is always welcome and greatly appreciated. Please feel free to send me your thoughts as I want to hear from you. You can reach me at or directly at


Wishing you all a healthy, happy, safe and successful 2018.


Andrea McEachern
National President, CLRA/ACRSD




August 8, 2018

Innisfail Golf Course
Innisfail, AB

2018 CLRA Alberta Chapter Annual Charity Golf Tournament


The CLRA Alberta Chapter will once again be holding its annual Charity Golf Tournament at the Innisfail Golf Course on August 8, 2018. Always a good way to have fun, network and contribute to a good cause.


June 19 - 20, 2018
Wawa Michipicoten Memorial Community Centre
Wawa, ON


Registration deadline June 14, 2018

Last call to register for the 2018 OMA and CLRA Ontario Mine Reclamation Symposium and Field Trip  !


The Canadian Land Reclamation Association (CLRA) and Ontario Mining Association (OMA) in conjunction with The Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines (MNDM) are pleased to announce the Eleventh annual Ontario Mine Reclamation Symposium and Field Trip. Join us as we explore the rich mining history of the area through technical presentations and tour of local sites/issues/solutions, in addition to a variety of other reclamation, rehabilitation, and remediation projects from elsewhere.


October 15 - 18, 2018

New Brunswick Community College Miramichi Campus

Miramichi, NB


43 rd CLRA National Conference and AGM/ARC2018 Conference


The conference will kick off October 15th with an evening Meet and Greet river cruise on the beautiful Miramichi River. This will be followed by two days of technical sessions, a National AGM meeting and a Gala Awards dinner. In addition, a field trip to local projects of interest will take place on October 18, 2018.


February 27 - March 1, 2019

Sheraton Red Deer Hotel
Red Deer, AB


2019 CLRA Alberta Chapter Conference & AGM


The Alberta Chapter of the Canadian Land Reclamation Association. With approximately 75% of the national membership, our chapter is a vibrant part of the reclamation movement and includes private and corporate members alike.


June 7 - 11, 2020
Québec City Convention Centre
Québec, QC


CLRA Joint Conference: 2020 Québec RE3 Conference: From Reclaiming to Restoring and Rewilding


We are proud to announce a joint conference between the Canadian Land Reclamation Association (CLRA/ACRSD), the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER), and the Society of Wetlands Scientists (SWS). The proposed theme for 2020 is "From Reclaiming to Restoring and Rewilding". It aims to stimulate discussions about the evolution of management approaches carried out by the societies invited to join the conference.




June 16 - 21, 2018
Vancouver Convention Centre
Vancouver, BC


Resources for Future Generations 2018


Resources for Future Generations 2018 (RFG2018) is taking place this month and we couldn’t be more excited to take part. You will likely recognize the names of many of our colleagues and the sector’s thought-leaders getting behind this event, and for good reason. As the premier event aiming to bring us all together to tackle issues around the sustainable use, extraction and management of earth’s resources, this discussion couldn’t come at a more critical time.


RFG2018 really is for all of us. As a multi-stakeholder event, each individual will be part of a larger puzzle in addressing our age’s greatest challenges. It is a ground-breaking, collaborative, innovative, international conference that is ‘made-in Canada’. We sincerely hope to see you in attendance and contributing your knowledge, experience, and perspective on these issues.

June 18 - 24, 2018

National Polinator Week

Eleven years ago the U.S. Senate’s unanimous approval and designation of a week in June as “National Pollinator Week” marked a necessary step toward addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations. Pollinator Week has now grown into an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles.

The Pollinator Partnership is proud to announce that June 18-24, 2018 has been designated National Pollinator Week.

Course 1 Field Dates:


July 17, 2018

Calgary, AB


July 19, 2018

Edmonton, AB

Alberta Wetland Rapid Evaluation Tool-Actual Training Course


Course 1: ABWRET-A online course and field day

Designed for: Professionals intending to conduct wetland assessments or requiring a solid understanding of the government’s ABWRET-A tool


Course 2: Wetland Policy Basics
Designed for: Everyone wanting to understand the basics of the Alberta Wetland Policy.

September 6 - 7, 2018
Zurich, Switzerland


September 10 - 13, 2018
Whitehorse, YT

Northern Latitudes Mining Reclamation Workshop


The Northern Latitudes Mining Reclamation Workshop is an international workshop on mining, land and urban reclamation and restoration methods. The objective of the workshop is to share information and experiences among governments, industry, consultants, Alaska Natives, northern First Nations and Inuit groups which undertake reclamation and restoration projects, or are involved in land management in the north or in comparable environments.




Western Sky protects critical watersheds in our region. We conserve vital habitats and provide managed public access for recreation and education. We also work with other agencies and organizations to further protect and enhance natural areas. We champion the conservation of environmentally sensitive lands that support the health of our watersheds.


The Board and Staff of Western Sky Land Trust mourn the loss of founding member and Executive Director Jerry Brunen.


A beloved leader, colleague, mentor, avid outdoorsman and friend, Jerry has served the environmental community for over 35 years. A talented and recognized conservation expert who cherished Alberta’s beautiful rivers and landscapes, Jerry was integral to many conservation initiatives that will have a lasting impact on our region. Even with his many accomplishments, Jerry will best be remembered for his integrity, warmth, and kindness in dealing with all who knew him.


Check out Parks Canada’s Conservation and Restoration Program which is focused on protecting the ecological integrity of Canada's protected areas. The program will integrate science and indigenous knowledge and work with a variety of collaborators.


Agriculture could pull carbon out of the air and into the soil — but it would mean a whole new way of thinking about how to tend the land.


Interested in pursuing more education in ecological restoration? Check out the University of Victoria Ecological Restoration Professional Specialization Certificate program which provides advanced ecology training for professionals working in the environmental sector.


From Alaska to Australia, scientists are turning to the knowledge of traditional people for a deeper understanding of the natural world. What they are learning is helping them discover more about everything from melting Arctic ice, to protecting fish stocks, to controlling wildfires.


An enthusiastic and large group of volunteers gathered at a former limestone quarry in Irish Cove, N.S., Wednesday to plant 1,000 red spruce seedlings.

It's part of a national carbon capture initiative, embraced locally by the Bras d'Or Lake Biosphere Reserve Association, to prevent carbon dioxide from building up in the atmosphere.


It's an information superhighway that speeds up interactions between a large, diverse population of individuals. It allows individuals who may be widely separated to communicate and help each other out. But it also allows them to commit new forms of crime.


A turtle basks in the sun atop a braid of willow branches winding through a watershed in Nevada––all thanks to an artwork. Just months before this moment, that same floodplain was deplete of a diverse wildlife and healthy ecosystem, until two environmental artists took up the area as the site for their next installation.


Science communication is seen as critical for the disciplines of ecology and conservation, where research products are often used to shape policy and decision making. Scientists are increasing their online media communication, via social media and news.


A women-led civil society group in Nigeria is empowering women and the whole community to protect Nigeria’s extremely productive but disappearing mangrove forests, which provide abundant services to the marine environment and people.




Restoration of one of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve’s largest streams through installation of a new clear span bridge and restoration of salmon habitat on Sandhill Creek has been successful with salmon using new spawning beds, young salmon are reaching safe habitat in nursery areas and bears returning to the area.


Join Ontario Parks as they look at the major remediation project that took place in Polar Bear Provincial Park between 2011 and 2016.


As the world faces an increasing population and rising effects of climate change, food shortages become harder to address. Join molecular biologist Jill Farrant discuss her work on "resurrection plants", which are highly resilient drought tolerant plants. Can these plants be used to aid in food provision as our climate warms and becomes drier?


Fisheries represent an essential source of food security and income for millions of people around the world, but they are at risk due to human activity. Join Cheryl Chan from the University of Waterloo share her research about a community-based approach to marine conservation.


Join Tsufang Hon from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology talk about his research using flies to consume municipal waste and create a new source of biofuel high in oil, compared to traditional biofuels.


Can we use mining waste material to reclaim disturbed sites? Join Valerie Miller from the University of Alberta present her research on soil building and land reclamation at northern diamond mines at the 2017 Falling Walls Lab in Berlin.




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  1. NAIT Boreal Research Institute - Forest Reclamation Research Associate - Peace River, AB
  2. NorthWind Land Resources - Intermediate Reclamtion/Remediation Specialist  - Edmonton, AB

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