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Nova  Scotia  Federation  of  Agriculture Riparian Workshop

03/12/2009 9:00 am
03/13/2009 4:00 pm

Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture (NSFA) has been doing research and various pilot projects on watersheds and assessing the health of riparian areas throughout the province. Through this project work we have recognized a need and interest in creating a forum to discuss the importance of healthy riparian areas and the appropriate tools to assess the
watersheds.

The NSFA invites you to a workshop focusing on the importance of health assessments in riparian areas on agricultural land and small watersheds. The workshop, which will span over 2 days, will also cover the use of geomatics tools for riparian health assessments (RHA’s). Participants can attend one or both days of the workshop.

Who should attend?

Municipal Planners of Nova Scotia and any Industry stakeholders with interest in learning and discussing more on the importance of healthy riparian areas are welcome to attend one or both days of the workshop. Workshop details and agenda are attached.

The workshop is being offered free of charge to participants, but we do ask you to register by calling the NSFA office at (902)893-2293 or email your name and contact information to Shelly at info [at] nsfa-fane [dot] ca

This workshop is being offered by NSFA in partnership with Applied Geomatics Research Group (AGRG), NSCC and is funded by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada under the Greencover
Canada Program.

Workshop Overview

The first day will consist of a series of presentations and discussions dealing with the importance of riparian health assessments (RHA's) in agricultural landscapes and small watersheds, and the use of geomatics tools and spatial data to better understand the impacts taking place on the landscape.

The second day will then focus on presentations and hands-on exercises which will explore the RHA data being collected and how ESRI’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software can be used to visualize and interpret this data. Various GIS functionality will be explored in order to introduce some of the technical issues associated with the visualization of RHA data. Participants will also be introduced to various layers of data that can be used in conjunction with the data collected in the field to aid in the interpretation process.

Agenda

Day 1 - Thursday, March 12th
9:00 Opening Welcome & Remarks
9:10 Dr. Soren Bondrup-Nielsen, Acadia University:
Riparian Areas and Their Ecological Importance
9:50 Levi Cliche, Clean Annapolis River Project (CARP):
Riparian Zone Enhancement and Protection in the Annapolis River Watershed
10:30 Refreshment Break
10:50 David Colville, Applied Geomatics Research Group (AGRG), NSCC:
The GPS-based NS Riparian Health Assessment Tool
11:30 Bill Livingstone, Applied Geomatics Research Group (AGRG), NSCC:
FYI: Overview of AGRG's Watershed Quality Assessment Project
12:00 Lunch - COGS cafeteria – participants on their own
1:00 David Colville, Applied Geomatics Research Group (AGRG), NSCC:
Introducing the Use of GIS for Visualizing and Interpreting Riparian Data
1:50 Bill Jones, ADI Limited:
High Resolution Satellite Image Data for Riparian Mapping
2:40 Refreshments
3:00 Jeff Wentzell, InGEOnuity, NSCC
Moving forward with Riparian Health Assessments: What's next?
3:50 Wrap Up

Day Two - Friday, March 13th
9:00 Session 1: The GIS basics - Introducing the software and the data
10:15 Refreshments
10:30 Session 2: Riparian health assessment – Working with the data
12:00 Lunch - COGS cafeteria – participants on their own
1:00 Session 3: Integrating spatial data from other sources
2:15 Refreshments
2:30 Session 4: Packaging your own story -Sharing data with others
3:50 Wrap Up

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