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Presentation: Natural Processes for the Restoration of Drastically Disturbed Sites

Natural processes have been “restoring” natural disturbances (landslides, volcanic eruptions, glaciation, etc.) forever. Mr. Polster will talk about how we can use these same processes to help the land heal and restore sites such as mines and industrial developments that we disturb. Join us for an informative presentation and informal social gathering 7:00-8:30, Wednesday Sept. 16, Upstairs @ Station Pub (7654 Donaldson Dr, Grand Forks) – RSVP to / 250-442-4111.


Ecological Techniques for River Restoration & Erosion Control – Course in Grand Forks September 17&18

Selkirk College is hosting a course to help landowners, restoration practitioners and natural resource managers understand, develop and implement erosion control, habitat improvement, and water quality protection using plants!

This 2 day course is an in-depth review of soil bioengineering techniques and options

Cowichan Land Trust members and Dave Polster install a wattle fence to protect an eroding stream bank. Credit: Cowichan Land Trust /

involved in restoration and reclamation of damaged ecosystems using a combination of structural materials, vegetative cuttings and other specialized techniques. Soil engineering is an applied science that uses live plant materials to perform an engineering function such as slope stabilization, soil erosion or seepage control.

Manual included  $220 +GST

Grand Forks Campus
Phone: 250.442.2704
Email Dayna Esson
Fax: 250.442.2877

2 classes: Sep 17 & 18, Thu & Fri 8:30 am-4 pm

We have the opportunity to make the Bioengineering course even more affordable ($110) for 6 to 7 participants who are willing to join us on the Sion slope restoration project in the next month or so, thanks to the Granby Wilderness Society and Electoral Area D / Rural Grand Forks director Roly Russell. When you register for the course (at full price), notify me that you intend to work-trade and we will provide a honorarium once you have spent a day (or two half days) with us applying what you learned in the course! There will also be a limited number of bursaries available to farmers, landowners, and stewardship group members who intend to use the skills on their own projects – please contact me for more details.
Please register for the course at Selkirk College, Grand Forks by next week if possible, and forward this note to any contacts you think would value taking it:
Phone: 250.442.2704
Fax: 250.442.2877

On this Friday, September 4 we will be gathering stakes and cuttings for the Sion slope project, meeting at 8:00 at the Grand Forks RDKB and leaving for the field by 9:00 – done at 12:30 or 3:00 depending on when you would like to leave. Looking forward to seeing you in the field!

Contractor Jesse Nolan installs a ‘live palisade’ bioengineering structure on the West Kettle River near Beaverdell

About the instructor:

Instructor David Polster brings a wealth of experience stabilizing slopes and restoring ecosystems using applied ecology. David is a plant ecologist with over 30 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 steep/unstable slopes as well as techniques for the re-establishment of riparian and aquatic habitats.  He is the past-president of the Canadian Land Reclamation Association.  He is the treasurer for the B.C. Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration and serves as the alternate mining representative on the board of the Invasive Plant Council of B.C.  For the past 19 years he has lived with his wife, Genevieve Singleton and four children in Duncan, 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 also authored numerous papers on these topics.



Kettle River Round Table Inaugural Meeting

All interested stakeholders are invited to attend! The Round Table is the forum for reviewing progress on the Kettle River Watershed Management Plan, providing stakeholder feedback on priorities and actions, and sharing information about ongoing watershed issues. The Round Table meets as a special meeting of the Implementation Advisory Group, which will also be launched on June 3.

This meeting is also open to the public; please forward the invitation to key contacts.

The meeting will be held on June 3 from 12:30-4:30 in Grand Forks at the Senior’s Centre in City Park. Please respond by June 1 if you or a representative are able to attend.

Revised Agenda:

  • 12:30-1:00 – Light lunch (please RSVP)
  • 1:00-1:15 – Welcome and introductions (Roly Russell, Implementation Advisory Group Chair & Grace McGregor, Steering Committee Chair)
  • 1:15-1:45 – Overview of Advisory Group & Round Table Roles and Process (Roly Russell)
  • 1:45-2:45 – Overview of Phase 3 Implementation – priority strategies, actions, and progress on key initiatives. Phase 3 Work Plan (Graham Watt).
  • 2:45-3:00 – Break
  • 3:00-3:35 – Bringing Pacific Salmon back to the Upper Columbia (and the lower Kettle) – Michael Zimmer, Biologist – Okanagan Nation Alliance
  • 3:35-3:45 – Update on Kettle River Fishing Regulations
  • 3:45-4:30 – Round Table Questions & Feedback
  • 4:30 – Adjourn

We request that interested members of the former Stakeholder Advisory Group or others put their name forward for consideration for the Implementation Advisory Group to me or to Roly Russell ( by the end of day on Monday, May 25. A Terms of Reference has been developed by the Steering Committee for the Advisory Group that identifies its structure and composition; a small number of positions on the committee are available, and the Steering Committee will finalize composition and selection and will contact invited members in advance of the June 3 meeting.

Public Meeting on Speckled Dace Recovery, February 16 in Westbridge

Public Meeting: Monday, February 16, 3:30-5:30 pm, at the Westbridge Community Hall, HWY 33.

The Speckled Dace is a small, endangered minnow with an important role in the Kettle River. As part of the Kettle River Watershed Management Plan, the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) has received funding from Environment Canada and the Okanagan Chapter of Trout Unlimited Canada to help restore Speckled Dace habitat near Beaverdell, the Christian Valley, and the upper Granby River.

Please join the RDKB and project partners to learn about the importance of Speckled Dace and their habitat. See options for habitat restoration, learn how to get involved, and share your ideas on stream stewardship in the Kettle River Watershed.

Contact Graham Watt (250.442.4111 /


Annual Watershed Review at Christina Lake – December 3

The Christina Lake Stewardship Society invites everyone with an interest in the stewardship and management of Christina Lake and the broader Kettle River Watershed to attend the Annual Watershed Review at the Christina Lake Community Centre, 10:00-3:00 on December 3. Included will be a presentation on what’s next for the Kettle River Watershed Management Plan. Please register by contacting CLSS at 250.447.2504 | We look forward to seeing you there!

Christina Lake Annual Review Poster