May 2017

Natural Process for the Restoration of Drastically Disturbed Sites

Status: This seminar has been postponed. A new date is available
Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM-8:30 AM: Registration and Breakfast
8:30 AM-4:00 PM: Natural Process for the Restoration of Sites
Location: Vancouver, BC
Presenter: David Polster, M.Sc., R.P. Bio.
Polster Environmental Services Ltd.
Credit: 7 Formal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Early Bird Price Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member: $579.00 + GST = $607.95 until May 9, 2017

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price: $679.00 + GST = $712.95

Non-Member Price: $679.00 + GST = $712.95

Student Member Price: $339.50 + GST = $356.48
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Natural processes have been "restoring" natural disturbances since the advent of terrestrial vegetation over 400 million years ago. This workshop will explore how these natural processes, systems, and functions can be used to restore sites that humans have disturbed such as large mines, industrial disturbances, landslides, shorelines, and other disturbed sites. We will look at how natural systems address filters to recovery such as erosion and steep, unstable slopes and how we can design restoration treatments that address these filters. We will explore the natural processes that provide nutrients and nutrient cycling capacity to ecosystems and how these can be re-established on drastically disturbed sites. In many cases restoration treatments based on these natural processes can be used to restore anthropogenic disturbances more easily and at a lower cost than traditional reclamation treatments.


This course will be of interest to those engaged in the restoration of disturbed sites. Managers or other personnel from large mines or other sites where disturbances must be reclaimed will be interested in this course. Regulators and others looking for effective restoration strategies will find this course useful.

Learning Outcomes

The course provides a methodology for the restoration of drastically disturbed sites (mines, industrial sites, landslides, etc.) based on the natural recovery processes that operate in ecosystems throughout the world. Natural process-based restoration is often less expensive than traditional treatments and provides
for the long-term recovery of the site, including soil and vegetation development.

Specific Outcomes

Participants will learn a variety of treatments to control erosion, re-establish vegetation, and build soilforming processes. Specific details are provided to address issues that are commonly found at mines and industrial sites (e.g., compaction, steep slopes, adverse soil texture, toxic materials, and lack of organic maater or "soils").

Instructor Bio

David F. Polster, M.Sc., R.P. Bio
Polster Environmental Services, Ltd.

David F. Polster, R.P. Bio., is a plant ecologist with over 37 years of experience in vegetation studies, reclamation, and invasive species management. He graduated from the University of Victoria with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in 1975 and a Master of Science degree in 1977. He has developed a wide variety of reclamation techniques for mines, industrial developments, and steep/unstable slopes, as well as techniques for the re-establishment of riparian and aquatic habitats. He is the past president (third term) of the Canadian Land Reclamation Association. He is the treasurer for the Western Canada Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration and is the NW Regional Representative on the board of the international Society for Ecological Restoration (SER). He was recently awarded the prestigious John Rieger Award from SER. He serves as the alternate mining representative on the board of the Invasive Species Council of BC.

Dave has provided on-site design and direction in the development of reclamation and bioengineering systems for restoration of severely damaged ecosystems. He served as the environmental supervisor for CP Rail's massive Roger's Pass Project. He was responsible for developing the bioengineering systems that have successfully revegetated a portion of the Point Grey cliffs at UBC. Dave has prepared reclamation plans for numerous mines, quarries, and gravel pits in Canada. He pioneered the concept of successional reclamation where the aim of the reclamation program is the re-integration of the disturbed site into the natural processes of vegetation succession. He has applied his knowledge in ecology to solving problems of unwanted and invasive vegetation. He has authored numerous papers and teaches graduate level courses on these topics.

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