Grassland Vegetation Inventory: A User’s Guide (F21)

Blended Course

Interactive Class: Friday December 3, 2021

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Grassland Vegetation Inventory is used in Range Management

Through hands on activities and examples presented in instructional videos, this course provides participants with both a contextual and practical understanding of the Grassland Vegetation Inventory (GVI) using various real world management scenarios.

GVI is a biophysical and land use classification system specifically designed by the Government of Alberta (GoA) for the grassland region. GVI provides an extensive array of natural upland, riparian and wetland classes. Coupled with anthropogenic (modified) land use classes, GVI is a robust system that captures the variety of biophysical land uses in the grasslands.

The GoA has undertaken the production of a publicly available spatial GVI database for southern Alberta. When used at different scales, GVI provides two tools for management: the classification system and the spatial inventory/map product. Both can be used to assess the diversity and sensitivity of land uses in the grasslands, from desktop to field applications, such as:

  • Determining grassland plant communities
  • Assessing range healthGVI
  • Conducting environmental assessments
  • Assessing accuracy of other spatial inventories
  • Assessing regional and local scale impacts
  • Modelling sensitive wildlife species habitat
  • Creating reclamation & restoration plans


Course Fee:                                       $225.00 (plus tax)

Course Format:

This course has four learning modules and consists of online, offline and interactive components, as follows:

  • Three to four online instruction videos per module,
  • One online quiz per instruction video,
  • Four offline activities,
  • One 2-hour online interactive class, and
  • One final online exam.

This course takes ~8 hours to complete.

Course Class Schedule:

*Students can start the course immediately and complete the online and self-directed components, which constitute the majority of the course.

However, students will need to attend a regularly scheduled interactive online class before taking the final exam, which is required to receive a certificate of completion.

The next interactive online class will be Friday December 3, 2021.

Students have one year to complete this course (December 2022)

Interactive classes are regularly scheduled at the end of fall and winter semesters, November/December and April/May respectively.

Course Contributors:

  • Tara Caseley, P Biol
  • Laurie Hamilton, M.Sc., C.E.T., PWS, P Biol
  • Christina Metke, P Biol

Course Learning Objectives:

Students will:

  • Develop a basic understanding of grassland ecosystem components,
  • Learn how to differentiate between GVI site types,
  • Understand how to obtain and interpret the GVI map product, and
  • Review different ways that GVI can be applied to land management, pre-disturbance and reclamation activities.

Pre-requisites: None Required