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Saturday, July 16


Several Congress Sponsors will be hosting complimentary workshops on Sunday, July 17th, with the exception of INRA whose workshop starts on Saturday, July 16. Select a complimentary workshop to attend when registering to attend the Congress.


Sunday, July 17


USGS-BLM Joint Workshop | Click here to Read More>>
Monitoring rangeland condition and forecasting the future: Sage-grouse and the sagebrush-steppe ecosystem of western North America
ACIAR Workshop | Click here to Read More>>
Sustainable Chinese Grasslands
Species at Risk: A Global Workshop | Click here to Read More>>
Managing Species at Risk - Policies and Tools
Monday, July 18

Plenary Session #1

State of Global & Canadian Rangeland and Pasture Resources

A brief tour of Canada's rangeland and pasture resources
Ed Bork, Professor & Mattheis Chair, Rangeland Research Institute, University of Alberta | Speaker Bio

Global range resources: a perspective on their use
Yingjun Zhang, Professor & Chief Scientist, China Agricultural University | Speaker Bio


10.00-10.30 Networking Break
10.30-12.00 Concurrent oral sessions
  1. Ecosite descriptions and ecoregion classification.
2. Historical development of rangelands.
3. Conservation of wildlife and natural areas.
4. Grazing management practices.
5. Genetic resources and forage development.
12.00-13.00 Lunch
13.00-14.30 Plenary Session #2

Ecological Goods & Services of Rangelands & Pasturelands

What are ecological goods & services?
David Briske, Professor, Rangeland Ecology, Texas A&M University | Speaker Bio

What is the role of society in protecting and providing EG&S?
Don Gayton, Ecologist & Writer, Summerland, British Columbia | Speaker Bio

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14.30-15.00 Networking Break
15.00-16.30 Concurrent oral sessions
  1. Nutritional links from soil to plant to livestock to people.
2. Carbon sequestration in rangelands.
3. Water supply and quality.
4. Wildlife habitat for endangered species.
5. Grazing management practice (2nd session).
16.30-18.00 Poster viewing session
Tuesday, July 19
8.30-10.00 Plenary Session #3

The People of the Grasslands

Pastoralists in the 21st Century: "lo-tech" meets "hi-tech"
Ann Waters-Bayer, Senior Associate, Prolinnova International Support Team, Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), Germany | Speaker Bio

Canadian Indigenous Peoples and Arctic/Grassland Use
Ryan Brook, Assistant Professor, Department of Animal & Poultry Science, University of Saskatchewan; Indigenous Land Management Institute | Speaker Bio


10.00-10.30 Break

Concurrent oral sessions

  1. Changes to pastoral systems around the globe.
2. Privately owned and leased rangeland systems.
3. Changes to pastoral systems around the globe (2nd session).
4. Professional extension and technology-transfer.
5. Social justice issues in rangelands.
12.00-13.00 Lunch
13.00-14.30 Plenary Session #4

Multiple Use of Rangelands

Resource extraction impacts in Asia
Purevsuren, Director, Nature Conservation Fund, Ministry of Nature and Green Development, Mongolia | Speaker Bio

Evaluating energy development effects on North American rangelands
Urs Kreuter, Professor, Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, Texas A&M University, USA | Speaker Bio


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14.30-15.00 Break
15.00-16.30 Concurrent oral sessions
  1. Energy development and reclamation of industrial disturbances.
2. Fire management and restoration in rangelands.
3. Cropland abandonment, revegetation with perennial forages, and re-used as rangeland.
4. Invasive species impacts and management in rangelands.
5. Wildlife conflicts and commercial wildlife utilization opportunities.
16.30-18.00 Poster viewing session
Wednesday, July 20
Mid-Congress Day Tours (Click here for details on tours)
Thursday, July 21
8.30-10.00 Plenary Session #5

Range and Forage of High Latitudes & Altitudes

Arctic and Subarctic North America & Europe
Dave Downing, Vegetation Ecologist, Alberta, Canada | Speaker Bio

Range/Forage environment of the Tibetan Plateau
Marc Foggin, Acting Director/Scientist, Mountain Societies Research Institute | Speaker Bio


10.00-10.30 Break
IRC Business Meeting
12.00-13.00 Lunch
13.00-14.30 Plenary Session #6

Climate Change in Rangelands

Climate of the Canadian Prairies: Past, Present, Future
Dave Sauchyn, Professor, University of Regina; Research Coordinator, Prairie Adaptation Research Collaborative, Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA | Speaker Bio

Global Climate of Rangelands : Past, Present, Future
Jan C. Ruppert, Assistant, Institute of Evolution and Ecology, University of Tuebingen, Tuebingen, GERMANY | Speaker Bio

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14.30-15.00 Break
15.00-16.30 Concurrent oral sessions
  1. Plant adaptations to climate change
2. Livestock and grazing system adaptations to climate change
3. Water supply and quality impacts from climate change
4. Historic & cultural response and adaptations to drought in grasslands
5. Modeling future human and climate change in arid and semi-arid areas
16.30-18.00 Poster viewing session
Friday, July 22
8.30-10.00 Plenary Session #7

Grazing Land Assessment & Management in a High-Tech World

Evolution of modeling approaches to grazing land assessment
Barry Adams, Rangeland Extension Specialist, Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA | Speaker Bio

Impact of communication technologies on pastoralist societies
Ed Charmley, Program Leader, Livestock Environmental System, Australian Tropical Sciences and Innovation Precinct, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, AUSTRALIA | Speaker Bio

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10.00-10.30 Break

Concurrent oral sessions

  1. Technology in land resource data acquisition and modeling.
2. Technology in social and psychological data acquisition and modeling.
3. Technology in animal movement data acquisition and modeling.
4. Technology in education and extension.
5. Technology in fencing, water supply, and livestock health.
12.00-13.00 Lunch

Land Manager's/Farmer's Forum

Management of grazing lands has changed over time as knowledge of grassland systems increase and new challenges, opportunities, innovations, and technologies emerge. This Forum will include presentations from ranchers and grassland farmers on the Canadian prairies as well as from ranchers, stockmen, and grass farmers in other regions of the world.

The Forum poses these four questions:

(1) What does their grazing system currently look like?
(2) Where do they get their information to help make on-the-ground decisions?
(3) What technology or information challenges do they face? and;
(4) What innovations or technologies have they implemented, or would like to implement, to meet these challenges?


Duane Thompson, Tee Two Land & Cattle Company, Kelliher, Saskatchewan, CANADA | Speaker Bio


Leanne Thompson, Living Sky Beef, Ceylon, Saskatchewan, CANADA | Speaker Bio
14.30-16.00 Closing Session and Summary

Summary of the seven preceding sessions of the Congress
Speaker TBA

Synthesis of the IRC themes of Ecology, Management, and Policy
Speaker TBA


18.00 Congress Banquet and Entertainment

The banquet is the last event of the Congress. Entertainment by the Saskatchewan Express Touring Musical Review will be the highlight of the banquet. These young Saskatchewan trained performers, crew and staff at Saskatchewan Express act as musical ambassadors wherever the troupe travels. They take the joy and enthusiasm of the performing arts to audiences across North America. Their longevity speaks to the popularity and demand of their programs. Saskatchewan Express has been singing and dancing across Saskatchewan, Canada and the United States since 1980! Don’t miss their fabulous performance at the Friday night congress banquet.

Tickets can be purchased when registering for the Congress.

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Gold Sponsors

US Forest Service
SK Ministry of AgriculturespacerEnvironment Canada


Silver Sponsors

US Dept of the Interior - Bureau of Land Management

US Dept of the Interior - US Geological Survey

Utah State - Reed Funk
Reed Funk Fund

Bronze Sponsors

U of S College of Agriculture & BioresourcesspacerWestern Beef Development Centre


University of Saskatchewan

Chadron State College

SK Forage Council

Tourism Saskatoon


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