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.

Land Stewardship Centre of Canada

The average person puts 340 litres of sewage through a private sewage system (septic system) every day. For a family of four living in a two-bedroom house, that amounts to 1,360 litres per day and just under half a million litres per year. The last Alberta census shows that rural residential landowners represent 14% of Alberta’s population. The decisions of those acreage owners about how to manage and maintain their septic systems have the potential to have a significant cumulative effect on the Alberta landscape.