The Rangeland Research Institute provides researchers with opportunity to conduct a wide range of short- and long-term research projects focused on providing a solid scientific foundation for the sustainable management of rangelands.

We support research that combines expertise and approaches from a variety of academic disciplines and addresses issues related to the competing demands of ecosystem conservation and resource use, including energy exploration and extraction, grazing, water management, wildlife management and biodiversity conservation, and sustainable landscape management.

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Ecological and agronomic consequences of Cicer milkvetch (Astragalus cicer L.) introduction into Mixed Prairie grassland

Cicer milkvetch is an introduced legume that is beginning to encroach on native mixed grass prairie plant communities within the Mattheis Research Ranch. By measuring soil properties, plant biomass, and plant community composition in areas with and without cicer milkvetch, Dr. Carlyle and undergraduate student Kyle Le assessed the localized effects of invasions by this species on rangeland ecosystem functions. They found that forage quantity and quality were highest in plots with cicer milkvetch...
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Oasis on the prairie: quantifying and characterizing the water resources of the Mattheis Research Ranch

Water quantity and quality are important issues that affect and are affected by the management of rangelands in southern Alberta. The Mattheis Research Ranch has significant surface water resources, including the Red Deer River at the north and Matzhiwin Creek at the south of the property, and a series of created wetlands that cover approximately 400 hectares. Irrigation water circulates through these wetlands before being delivered to cultivated fields and to the rest of the ranch where it is p...
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