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Open Ayr Gatherings

426039_309607855759077_287846424_n2Open Ayr is an annual gathering of applied ecological restoration professionals in Ayr ON …The past few years we have been fortunate to have  some incredible guest speakers working in the field of ecological restoration come and speak…. We are planning for an fall venue in 2015.

If you would like to get involved for this year’s event, feel free to send us an email for more information (

 (agenda from previous workshop below)

RARE Charitable Research Reserve

Shawna Craig Land Steward

Introduction to the organization and the restoration efforts on their property in Blair, ON


Sustainable Sites Initiative: Overview and Pilot Program

Lisa Storer, M.Arch. LEED AP BD+C Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Centre, University of Texas

An overview of the Sustainable Sites Initiative, its pilot projects throughout North America, and the role that ecological restoration practitioners play in its implementation.


‘Tales from Both sides of the Fence’ discussion on project successes and horror stories from both a consultant’s and contractor’s perspective

Brian Roth, OALA, CSLA RALA Inc. Landscape Architecture (Waterloo ON) & Derek Lippert, CLP, Ecosystem Mgt. Tech Quiet Nature Ltd (Ayr ON)

Brian and Derek will each be sharing tales from the field accounts of contractor/ consultant/owner horror stories and successes.

HOW DO I KNOW WHEN ITS WORKED?  – Gauging project success from an ecological point of view.


St. Williams Nursery and Ecology Centre (St. Williams ON)

Mary E. Gartshore BSc. Zool. VP/Restoration Ecologist

Mary will be giving a talk on the difficult task of managing client expectations and attempting to answer the question, “what does a successful project look like (and not look like) and how do we know when it’s there?”.


The Industry of Ecological Restoration – NE USA Perspective

Troy Anderson, B.S. Conservation Biology Founder/President of the National Ecological Contractor’s Association VP/Restoration Ecologist – Applied Ecological Services (Broadhead, Wisconsin)

Troy will be speaking about his efforts establishing the National Ecological Contractors Association (NECA). This group consists of ecological contractors who have extensive practical experience in this very specific trade.

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