Conservation of native grasslands is crucial for protecting the ecological integrity of Alberta’s natural environments.

Historical and current conservation policies are built on 2 fronts:

  • principles and practices for minimizing surface disturbance to the native grasslands, and
  • use of native grassland vegetation species and other conservation measures for land restoration or reclamation projects, where disturbance is unavoidable.

The Alberta government uses several formats for the guidelines:

  • conservation and reclamation letter (C&R IL)
  • industry directive (ID)
  • remediation and reclamation fact sheet (R&R)
  • fully developed guideline publications


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