OCTOBER 1, 2022
The annual conference is only 60 days away! The ASPB 2022 Fall Conference will be held November 30 - December 2 at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

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Corrections to AEP and AER soil and groundwater remediation guidelines:
With respect to the recent release of the 2022 edition of the Alberta Tier 1 Soil and Groundwater Remediation Guidelines and the Alberta Tier 2 Soil and Groundwater Remediation Guidelines, the Government of Alberta has announced the following corrections:
Remediation certificates:
Alberta Environment and Parks and the Alberta Energy Regulator will continue to accept remediation certificate applications that are compliant with the 2019 edition of the Alberta Tier 1 and Tier 2 guidelines, provided that the application is submitted before January 1, 2023. Note that remediation certificate applications are tracked from the date of application submission, not the date of laboratory reports.
Reclamation certificates:
AEP and the AER Regulator will continue to accept reclamation certificate applications that are compliant with the 2019 edition of the Alberta Tier 1 and Tier 2 guidelines, provided no further remedial measures are required and laboratory analytical data reports are dated on or before January 1, 2023. Laboratory analytical data reports dated January 1, 2023 or later must be compliant with the 2022 edition of the Alberta Tier 1 and Tier 2 guidelines.
For more information on remediation certificates and reclamation certificates, liability periods and laboratory analytical data reports, please see
ASPB fee adjustments for 2023:
The Board of Directors and the ED have completed a review in response to increased demands on the society in areas of registration and applications, government reporting (Ministry of Labour) and competency requirements. The Board has determined there will need to be some fee adjustments going forward: renewals will open Dec 1, and new rates will be in effect Jan 1, 2023. For more information please read the text of the executive review HERE.
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Celebrate 40 Years of Overcoming Barriers
You're invited to celebrate 40 years of Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science, and Technology (WISEST)—leading, shifting, and transforming the face of STEM at the University of Alberta and beyond. Date: Saturday, Oct. 15 at the TELUS World of Science. Tickets are available HERE.
Half-day workshop:
The Stories Told By Springs
The University of Calgary is offering a half-day ecosystem assessment workshop and lecture on “The Stories Told By Springs” on October 20, 2022. The lecturer, Dr. Abe Springer, is a world renowned expert on spring hydrology and ecology, and is thoroughly familiar with the springs in Alberta. He will guide how to inventory springs using the Level 2 inventory protocol of the Springs Stewardship Institute. There will be no charge to attend the workshop which will be held at an urban spring in a residential area in NW Calgary. For more information, please contact Misaki Hayashi by phone at 1-403-220-2794.
Seeking Workshop Volunteers
The University of Calgary is offering a half-day ecosystem assessment workshop and lecture on “The Stories Told By Springs” on October 20, 2022. The lecturer, Dr. Abe Springer, is thoroughly familiar with the springs in Alberta and he has requested assistance during the workshop from a botanist and an aquatic ecologist who are also familiar with springs in Alberta. There will be no charge to attend the workshop; to offer your voluntary services, please contact Misaki Hayashi by phone at 1-403-220-2794.
NABC bird banding workshop
and certification in Belize
This ecotourism and learning event to be held between October 15-22, 2022 is hosted by Toucan Ridge Ecology and Education Society at the TREES Research Center in Belize’s Maya Mountains. For more information please go HERE or contact Nick Bartok, P Biol at
Overcoming Obstacles to Restoration
This Grassland Restoration Forum Fall Information Session will be held November 17, 2022 at the Claresholm Community Centre. Online registration is available at


Environmental Field Skills Program (EFS) – Online Self Paced – October 3 – December 9, 2022
Wildlife Survey Field Methods (Online) – October 3-5, 2022
Amphibian and Reptile Salvage Methods (Online) – October 5-6, 2022
Technical Writing for Professionals: Resumes and Cover Letters (Online) – October 6, 2022
Electrofishing Certification – Cochrane, AB – October 11 & 14, 2022
Electrofishing Certification – Kamloops, BC – October 11 & 18, 2022
Electrofishing Certification – North Vancouver, BC – October 11 & 12, 2022
Electrofishing Certification – Prince George, BC – October 11 & 14, 2022
Snorkel Survey Techniques – October 12th (Online) & November 3rd (Courtenay)
Technical Writing for Professionals (Online) – October 17-18, 2022
Lake Management Techniques – October 18-19th, 2022

Species at Risk (Online) – October 18-19th, 2022

Fish Habitat Assessment Level One – October 19th (Online), 24th, 25th (North Vancouver, BC.)

Experimental Design in Ecology (Online) – October 24-25, 2022

For the full calendar of upcoming courses the link is here:
The Grassland Restoration Forum’s hands-on courses and events for 2022 are listed below. You can check out their website for details and registration on all events HERE.

October 4th, 2022: A Walking Tour of the Stavely Research Ranch – west of Stavely, Alberta in the Porcupine Hills. This tour will be led by Barry Adams, Rangeland Management Specialist - AEP (retired). A unique and valuable demonstration of long-term effects of land management on foothills fescue grassland ecosystems in southwest Alberta.

November 17th, 2022: Our Perennial Gathering! GRF Fall Information Session at Claresholm. The one day Fall Information Session gathers a variety of industry and grassland stakeholders to exchange current information on grassland restoration and conservation through a variety of presentations and mini updates.


Fall 2022 Registration Now Open!, Blended Course: Alberta Wetland Rapid Evaluation Tool – Actual (ABWRET-A), Online Content + Live Streaming Class
Fall 2022 Registration Now Open!, Blended Course: Grassland Vegetation Inventory (GVI): A User’s Guide , Online Content + Live Streaming Class

Understanding ACIMS Tools Online Course

Navigating the Alberta Soil Information Viewer Video Short (free)
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Wetland Water Cycle Video Short (free)
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Interactive classes comprise the final learning component of a Blended/Online course.
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