Farmland Forever in Alberta!

It’s great news for farmland protection in Canada – the Alberta Government announced in March that they will be handing out almost $9 million to six not-for-profit groups through its Alberta Land Trust Grant Program to permanently protect ranchlands and watersheds .

Through this funding program, hundreds of hectares of natural and agricultural lands will now be protected to benefit Albertans forever.

‘Whether we are maintaining large areas of native landscape or conserving corridors for biodiversity, the Alberta Land Trust Grant Program will help us achieve long-term conservation goals’ says Mel Knight, the Sustainable Resource Development Minister in a press release last summer.

Lands being protected by this funding include:

·         983 hectares of ranchlands within the Castle-Crowsnet and Bow River Watersheds

·         A 1,600  hectare ranch in Pekisko Valley near Longview, Alberta

·         367 hectares of wildlife habitat and watersheds in the Porcupine Hills

·         105 – 130 hectares of river valley and riverbank habitat along Fish Creek northeast of Priddis

·         Funding to 5 additional land trusts for future projects

Why did the Alberta government choose to partner with land trusts to accomplish this conservation work?

Mel Knight continues, “Land trusts are worthy partners and a good resource to help identify and protect high-value conservation lands”.

Congratulations to land trusts and conservation organizations in Alberta!

To see additional news stories on the land Alberta is protecting following the links below:

1. Alberta earmarks $9M for protection of ranchlands and watersheds – CBC News
2. Easements to protect Foothills’ eastern slopes – High River Times

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