The Alberta Soils Network (ASN) presents “Maximizing the ecological benefits of different reclamation soils" February 26, 2018
26-Feb-2018 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Maximizing the ecological benefits of different reclamation soils


Brad Pinno , PhD

Brad Pinno is an Assistant Professor – Silviculture in the Department of Renewable Resources at the University of Alberta. His research focuses on the response of trees and plants to operational practices on different soil types. He has worked extensively with both the forest and oil sands industries on developing practical solutions to ecological problems.


The goal of land reclamation after oil sands mining in the boreal forest of northern Alberta, Canada is to re-establish functioning forest ecosystems and the foundation of these ecosystems are the soil and plants. Past research has shown that the main cover soil types used in oil sands mine reclamation today, i.e. peat-mineral mix and forest floor-mineral mix, have very different physical, chemical and biological properties that result in different ecological benefits of each soil type and different responses to management. This talk will highlight some of these important differences among reclamation soils and discuss potential new operational practices, such as the “Islands” research study designed to look at ways of spatially integrating reclamation soils. These new reclamation approaches are critical to optimize the use of the limited resource that is reclamation cover soils.

The event will be held in Edmonton at the Faculty Club at the University of Alberta and broadcast across Alberta via weblink. Weblink participants will be sent the weblink access information via email 24 hours prior to the event. Please ensure that your email information registered with the AIA is correct. The lunch buffet includes two meat items plus a seafood item, Full Salad Bar, Full Dessert Buffet and Coffee/Tea all inclusive. Parking at the Faculty Club is available in Lot V at a rate of $2.00 for the duration of the entire event.

11:00    Doors Open
11:00 - 11:30 Networking
11:30 - 12:15 Lunch
12:15 - 13:00 Presentation
13:00 - 13:30 Questions & Answers


Members/Non-Members: $30.00
Students: $25.00
Webinar: $12.50

Member Benefits:

Gain understanding of boreal forest reclamation. Learn about effects of cover soil types on ecosystems function. Learn about differences in physical, chemical, and biological characteristics and ecological benefits of different reclamation cover soil types. Learn what can be done to further improve reclamation practice in Alberta.  

Contact Information/ Website: 

Members and non-members should register online. Registration closes at 4:00 pm on February 23, 2018. Please note that for group registration for the web link; each individual attending must register. Only individuals that have registered qualify for AIA Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits. Should you have questions regarding the event, please contact the ASN at  or Ted Furler at 780-660-4889 or Sebastian Dietrich at 587-990-0626.


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