Soils of Lac du Bois Grasslands Protected Area

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At the northern edge of the City of Kamloops boundary lays an expansive grassland area that is one of the only protected areas in British Columbia that is managed by the provincial government for wildlife, recreation, and livestock values. On this tour you will travel to the Lac du Bois grassland protected area by bus and have the opportunity to experience and hear about livestock management and the diversity of wildlife species that call the grasslands home. Of course, we will be highlighting the diversity of soils and the pedological processes that have influenced their development within the Lac du Bois protected area, as there is a gain in elevation of 500 to 700 m from the valley floor (350 m) to where the grasslands meet the treeline. This dramatic increase in elevation has created a wide range in moisture regimes as well as the assemblage of plant communities. Soil development across this elevational gradient is truly a function of all of the factors of soil formation as Brown Chernozems dominate the lower areas and Black Chernozems dominate the upper elevations of this spectacular landscape. Bring your camera and your cowboy hat as there will be plenty of opportunities to take pictures of the landscape as we explore this unique landscape.

  • Date: Tuesday May 17, 2016
  • Duration: 1/2 day
  • Departure from: TRU, Kamloops
  • Return to: TRU, Kamloops
  • Cost: The cost for this tour is included in conference registration fee

Note: This tour is included as one of the conference sessions, and space will be available on the buses for all delegates registered by the Apr 30th. After Apr 30th, spots on this tour will be allocated on first come, first served basis.

We will be away from the TRU campus for the entire afternoon on Tuesday May 17, 2016 so please bring appropriate clothing for spring time in the Kamloops area. Lunch will be provided on the tour. Please notify Chuck Bulmer ( if you know in advance that you will not be attending the field tour.