Friends of Fish Creek Provincial Park Society

Fish Creek Provincial Park provides a valuable recreational and natural resource that, with appropriate stewardship, will continue to serve Calgary families and support local real estate values far into the future. By leveraging skilled staff and volunteers to provide outreach activities, hands on stewardship and social enterprise a core of informed park users will be supported by a stable nonprofit society. Supportive actions and attitudes of our neighbours and sustainable use will ensure a vibrant healthy park to be enjoyed by future generations whilst adding value to surrounding properties.

Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society (Cows & Fish)

Targeted workshops to real estate professionals, developers and planners, combined with broader outreach to the community, will educate and help maintain and support environmental stewardship of both riparian and uplands. Sharing stewardship success stories and low impact development techniques will give these audiences both motivation and practical knowledge that they can apply.

Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society (Cows & Fish)

Targeted workshops to real estate professionals, developers and planners, combined with broader outreach to the community, will educate and help maintain and support environmental stewardship of both riparian and uplands. Sharing stewardship success stories and low impact development techniques will give these audiences both motivation and practical knowledge that they can apply.

Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y)

Without proper planning, Southern Alberta could lose the values that attract people from all over the world to live and work here. The Alberta government is currently preparing a new land use plan for Southern Alberta. Y2Y will work to ensure plan provides protection from floods and drought while preserving the scenery and recreational opportunities that contribute to real estate values.

Water Matters

Advancing a Groundwater Policy for Alberta will build upon our previous organizational successes and experience, and offers an opportunity to commence an open, high-level conversation on groundwater policy and management in Alberta. Results of these discussions will be presented in a comprehensive research report, to promote and inform development of a provincial groundwater policy and assist future governmental planning. To enhance this project’s impact, we will maximize communication of the options and solutions we develop by pursuing a communications plan that directs audience-specific materials to government policy-writers and decision-makers, the public, and major real estate associations in Alberta.

Wildsight

The project integrates and implements the recommendations identified in the 2009 Lac la Biche Watershed Management Plan. Through better understanding Lac la Biche’s ecology and how people relate to it socially and economically, we can improve lake and land use decision-making through a collaborative lake management planning strategy. Healthy watersheds are important to healthy communities.

Battle River Watershed Alliance Society

Traversing Terrain and Experience: The Atlas of the Battle River and Sounding Creek Watersheds tells a story of place. It serves as a tool to connect people to place by exploring the connections between landscape and experience throughout the Battle River and Sounding Creek watersheds of Alberta. The accompanying innovative and interactive Educator’s Guide provides teachers with an in-depth curriculum-connected series of lessons and activities to seamlessly fit into their classroom, making their students’ learning local and relevant.

Alberta Fish & Game Association – Operation Grassland Community Program

Beyond Market-Based Land Values – Using a Long-term, Cumulative Effects Modelling Exercise to Measure Ecological Values of Sustainable Ranching
“Buy land, they’re not making it any more.” ~ Mark Twain Mr. Twain’s sparse words, as usual, speak volumes, and bring immediately to mind what we value about land – our finite vistas, natural habitats, and open spaces; however, this finite resource also provides other essential values that are only more recently drawing our attention: the complex suite of ecosystem services that sustain life. Certainly in Alberta’s predominantly agricultural prairie region, land values are beginning to reflect these services (e.g., environmentally well-managed ranches are often more highly assessed); but, in order to more accurately and inclusively reflect the full suite of land values we need to a.) Measure these values (and thus, bring greater clarity to defining “well managed”), and b.) Use these measures to guide future management. Through a broad-scale cumulative effects modelling exercise in a largely rural agricultural (ranch/farm) area of southern Alberta, we will provide first steps to finding answers to these questions and the solutions to moving forward – the value of our land leaves us no choice.

Western Sky Land Trust

Western Sky’s Bow & Beyond – Moving Upstream Is a focused landowner outreach and conservation program designed to engage all landowners along the Bow & Elbow Rivers upstream from Calgary to the national and provincial parks. The ultimate goal of this outreach Is that It wlll lead to the conservation of 3000 acres of riverfront land In perpetuity, which contributes to the sustainability and integrity of the Bow watershed, provides intrinsic environmental and economic benefits as well as community resiliency.

This two yearlong initiative will give approximately 250 landowners knowledge and options to voluntary conserve their land in perpetuity, which in turn protects vital riparian land and important river corridors, contributing to the vitality and biodiversity of the region.

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS)

This project is phase one of a project exploring best practices for recreation in Alberta. Phase one aim to understand Albertans’ views of nature and recreation and outdoor recreational activities. This project will be used to inform land use planning in Alberta such that the views and needs of all Albertans are used in achieving sustainable recreation and conservation planning.