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Study shows grassland environmental contributions

Manitoba Cooperator: Researchers Dr. Daniel Hewins, former post-doctoral fellow with University of Alberta, and Dr. Edward Bork, Rangeland Research Institute Chair, conducted a large-scale study to look at how livestock grazing affects grassland biodiversity and carbon storage. They looked at 144 sites from across six agro-climatic zones in Alberta and showed that Alberta grasslands store about 300 gigatons of carbon; 97% of that is below ground. The study also identified an increase in pro...
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The case for carbon storage

Canadian Cattlemen: Good-news stories for beef producers are beginning to flow out from a massive dataset collected during a three-year carbon benchmarking study done to evaluate the effects of long-term grazing on native grasslands of Alberta.Some of the findings won’t surprise beef producers who see the positive effects first hand, but this is the first time they have been quantified across Alberta, says Dr. Edward Bork, Mattheis Chair, Rangeland Ecology and Management, University of Alb...
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Home on the rangeland

AltaLink has donated $655,000 to the University of Alberta’s Rangeland Research Institute (RRI) to support the creation of the AltaLink Master’s Scholarship in Rangeland Disturbance Ecology, which will advance research that will protect Alberta’s rangelands.“Alberta’s rangelands are vital to our communities and our economy, and this research will give us the evidence we need to make important decisions about how to sustain them,” said Stan Blade, the dean of t...
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ALES Range Team shines again at prestigious competition

The ALES Range Team rode out of Texas this month with an impressive haul of awards, attesting to ALES students’ mastery of range management topics and plant identification.In total, the 2016 Range Team won eight categories after completing two demanding exams at the Society for Range Management’s annual conference in Corpus Christi, Texas. Read more about the success of the ALES Range Team.
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RRI research affiliates help settle global debate on biodiversity

Working with a large network of scientists worldwide, who studied grasslands of every type in all climate zones, University of Alberta rangeland researchers Edward Bork and Cameron Carlyle helped reaffirm a theory of diversity that had been under attack. Known as the humped-back model, it says that plant diversity peaks in grasslands of intermediate (medium) productivity, while high- and low-productivity grasslands tend to have fewer plant species.Read more about the grassland research stud...
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ALES signs conservation agreement to preserve Mattheis Ranch forever

The University of Alberta and Western Sky Land Trust signed a conservation agreement that guarantees the U of A’s 12,000-acre Mattheis Ranch will be conserved forever.In announcing the agreement, one of the biggest in the history of Alberta, Faculty of ALES dean Stan Blade said it provides $3.8 million in funding from Western Sky Land Trust to the university as compensation for future development.Read the full story about the Mattheis Ranch conservation agreement.
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