Grass Talks: Learn more about the secrets of BC grasslands

Current and former Directors of the Grasslands Conservation Council of British Columbia talk about current research and studies during a free live online forum at 3:00 PM on Friday, June 19.

Kristi Iverson, Nick Hamilton, Dennis Lloyd and Peter Jones will give three short presentations and then be available for questions and conversation.

  • Kristi Iverson is a consulting ecologist that has worked extensively in the grasslands of B.C. and is a previous board member of the GCC.  She works on ecosystem classification, mapping, ranking, and management of grasslands and other ecosystems. Kristi will be presenting about the high elevation grasslands of the Elk Valley that occupy a unique ecological niche. They are spectacular and provide important habitat for bighorn sheep and elk. They are also centered in an area of extensive coal mining and exploration. She will discuss ecology and threats facing these unique grasslands.
  • Nick Hamilton was born in Quesnel BC, and has lived in the Peace, Cariboo, Kamloops, and Okanagan.  He has worked for the worked for the range program with FLNRORD starting in 2006.  Most of his career has been in the  Cariboo and Peace regions, with 3 years living in a trailer in Alexis Creek (the hardship outpost of the range program). He now works in Prince George as a rangeland ecologist for the Cariboo and North region. Nick has also served as a previous board member with the GCC. Nick’s presentation will be summarizing his recently completed Masters thesis, which provides an overview on the species composition and soils of the Cariboo-Chilcotin grasslands, along an elevation gradient. He will also touch on the results of ecosystem restoration treatments in the grassland benchmark near Riske Creek.
  • Dennis Lloyd is a retired research ecologist and played a key role in the development of the Biogeoclimatic Ecosystem Classification (BEC) system for BC. Peter Jones has over 40 years of experience in public engagement and the management of land and natural resources throughout BC. Together they will provide an overview of the Cariboo-Chilcotin Ecological Assessment project, a part of the Priority Grassland Initiative, which identifies areas of ecological importance that deserve special attention.  The GCC provided the results of this project to mangers of natural resources in April 2019 to assist ecosystem restoration after the mega-wildfires of 2017 and 2018.

The online forum will be moderated by Eleanor Bassett, a rangeland ecologist based in 100 Mile House.

Registration is required for this free event and attendance is limited to less than 100 people. To Register: Send an e-mail today to info@bcgrasslands.org

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