In 2020, SK PCAP is combining two workshops: the 7th Native Prairie Restoration and Reclamation Workshop and the 5th Transboundary Grassland Workshop, February 25-27, 2020 at the Ramada Plaza, Regina, SK.
The theme is The Big Picture: Planning and Partnerships. The workshop will include plenary sessions, interactive panel discussions, break-out sessions, hands-on case studies, trade show and poster session. Highlights include the evening banquet and silent auction. *New* this year, we will be doing a "Speed Dating Case Study."
Plenary Speakers: Leading experts in the field of restoration and reclamation will share success stories and lessons learned about innovative projects. Speakers will represent industry leaders, landowners, academia, environmental organizations and more. For this year, the focus will be about planning and partnerships and Transboundary issues.
Break-out Sessions: Concurrent presentations will cover a variety of relevant restoration/reclamation topics such as invasive species, traditional ecological knowledge, public engagement, prescribed burning, native seeds and more.
Panel Discussions: Industry-leading experts from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Montana will discuss species and habitat restoration efforts in each jurisdiction. Success stories and lessons learned will be presented. Workshop participants will be encouraged to ask questions during this interactive session. The goal is to look at the bigger picture of species at risk recovery in the prairies.
Case Studies: An interactive and hands-on exercise about relevant prairie restoration projects will bring perspectives together from all workshop participants. This year, it will include a “speed dating” style case study where participants work in smaller groups to solve a wide diversity of small-scale restoration/reclamation projects.
Poster Session: Innovative research projects about invasive species, endangered species, restoration and reclamation case studies, and native seed research will be on display and presenters available for questions and answer periods. Posters featuring success stories and lessons learned in transboundary grasslands partnership jurisdictions will be encouraged.
Tradeshow: With the goal of networking and developing sustainable partnerships, native seed producers and users, environmental consulting companies, watershed groups and native plant organizations will have booths and displays available.
Networking: Extended coffee breaks and a designated networking time allows for everyone involved in prairie restoration to share experiences, lessons learned and new ideas.
Banquet: An evening event to celebrate the success and hard work of native prairie restoration and reclamation will occur. This will allow for more networking and time at the poster session and tradeshow. A silent auction fundraiser to raise money for youth environmental programs will also take place. The evening will conclude with an award ceremony to celebrate native prairie restoration/reclamation practitioners.
The primary objective of this workshop is to hear from all stakeholders involved in native prairie land use:
- First Nations Groups
- Government (federal, provincial, municipal)
- Ranchers and land owners
- Education and Researchers
- Environmental not for profit organizations
- Industry and Utilities
- Watershed Groups
The aim of this workshop is to bring all of these stakeholders together to exchange knowledge, share lessons learned and address issues in native prairie restoration/reclamation and transboundary conservation efforts.
CECs: Pre-approved for 10 CECs under SER's CERP program
More information/registration: https://www.pcap-sk.org/upcoming-events/native-prairie-restorationreclamation-workshop-2020