Grassland Vegetation Inventory: A User’s Guide (W21)

Blended/Online Course

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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,
  • Three offline activities,
  • One 2-hour online interactive class, and
  • One final online exam.

This course takes ~8 hours to complete.

Course Roll-out Schedule:

Module 1 will be released on Feb. 19, 2021 at 12 pm,

Module 2 will be released on Feb. 29, 2021 at 12pm,

Module 3 will be released on March 7, 2021 at 12pm, and

Module 4 will be released on March 15, 2021 at 12pm.

The interactive online class will be held in late April 2021.

Students have one year to complete this course

Interactive classes are scheduled in winter 2021, spring/summer 2021, fall 2021 & winter 2022

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