Rumsey Natural Area Rangeland Management Plan


Project Name: Rumsey Natural Area Rangeland Management Plan
Study Area: Rumsey Natural Area
Client: ESRD

Work Completed:

The grazing management plan of the Rumsey Natural Area was updated by TCS in 2008 and 2009. Previous range management plans of this land have also been assessed by TCS. A comprehensive assessment of each ranch within the natural area was conducted using MF5 transects and range health assessments. In addition rare species and invasive species were surveyed across the land. Range management plans were then written for a number of the ranches including updating the recommended stocking rates, mitigating negative impacts on the land base and giving an over all assessment of the quality of management and where it could be improved.

Pipeline Restoration Research Program

Project Name: Pipeline Restoration Research Program
Study Area: Chain Lakes Alberta
Client: Trans Canada Pipelines

Work Completed:

A five year research program was completed by TCS in conjunction with Eastern Slopes Rangeland Seeds Ltd. This program was created in order to restore foothills rough fescue to a pipeline RoW while controlling the invasion of timothy and smooth brome on the RoW.

A full research program was created with ten replicated sites across five separate ranches.

Invasive Plant Survey of the Kennedy Coulee Ecological Reserve


Project Name: Invasive Plant Survey of the Kennedy Coulee Ecological Reserve
Study Area: Kennedy Coulee Ecological Reserve

Client: Milk River Natural Area

Work Completed:

A comprehensive invasive species survey was conducted across the south west side of the Kennedy Coulee Ecological Reserve. All species were mapped for cover, density and distribution. Species were categorized by regulatory status. A control priority list was created for each species using regulatory status, potential to cause ecological damage, current invasion status among other factors.

A management analysis was conducted to determine potential causes driving invasion of each species. Each factor driving invasion was then taken into account to create a suitable invasive species management program able to control the current invasions while preventing future invasions from occurring.