Land Reclamation

Land reclamation is the process of converting disturbed land to its former (ecological restoration) or other productive uses. Land reclamation is an interdisciplinary science. It can involve removal of contaminants from soil and water, building soils where they are absent or of poor quality, recontouring topography to reinstate hydrological processes, implementing erosion control measures, creating micro sites to enhance seed germination and seedling establishment and revegetation to appropriate plant species abundance and diversity. Land reclamation is guided by regulated procedures, industry best practices and stakeholder interests.


The Land Reclamation International Graduate School

Land reclamation professionals are increasingly in demand. Our growing human population parallels a rapidly degrading arable land base from urban sprawl, soil erosion, resource extraction and industrial development. Thus, one of the most pressing challenges of the 21st century is to reclaim disturbed lands around the world to secure the livelihood of future generations. The Land Reclamation International Graduate School (LRIGS) helps to meet this challenge.

LRIGS provides collaborative and interdisciplinary training and professional development opportunities to train highly qualified land reclamation professionals with the education and experience necessary to take on leadership roles in academia, consulting, government and industry. LRIGS is the first school of its kind in Canada and around the world.

News & Events

  • LRIGS Emerald Award Winner

    LRIGS Emerald Award Winner

    Very proud to be the recipient of the post secondary education Emerald Award for LRIGS’s efforts to develop future land reclamationists and reduce our footprint on the planet. Director, M …Read More »
  • LRIGS is a finalist for 28th Emerald Awards

    LRIGS is a finalist for 28th Emerald Awards

    LRIGS is a finalist in the Education: Post-Secondary category for the 28th Annual Emerald Awards. The Emerald Awards recognize and celebrate outstanding environmental achievements across all sectors in Alberta. Please …Read More »
  • Folio article features LRIGS participant research

    Folio article features LRIGS participant research

    Federico Riva, past LRIGS participant and post-doctoral fellow with the Department of Renewable Resources, is featured in the University of Alberta online magazine Folio,  with his research into cranberry blue …Read More »
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