Introducing our Fall 2017 Grantees!
We’re so excited to introduce you to our 2017 Fall Grantees! Our Grant Review Committee invested in eight awesome projects to restore critical habitat, empower youth to participate in citizen science, engage Albertans to protect our environment and take action on climate change, and much more. We can’t wait to see how these projects progress! We love Alberta and the fantastic work these grantees are doing to show their love for Alberta’s environment.
Here are quick summaries of the projects we invested in. Learn more about each of the projects by clicking through their links.
Interested in applying for an Alberta Ecotrust grant in 2018?
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The Fall 2017 Alberta Ecotrust Grantees in our Major Grants category include:
This pilot project from Alberta Lake Management Society aims to address the gaps in lake water quality data that exist in many parts of Alberta. Monitoring of these lakes is required to understand the impacts, pressures, and threats which face these important water resources.
Alberta’s parks are a core part of our culture – a recent study commissioned by CPAWS indicates that 76% of Albertans recreate outdoors and 88% want more wilderness protected. We will continue this work with recommendations to the government on new parks and changes to parks legislations, as well as engage with recreationalists and the Alberta public to increase understanding of the value of strong policy and well-managed protected areas.
The Bighill Creek Preservation Society’s mission is to preserve the watershed through the development of an overall watershed plan. Obtaining scientific data is pivotal in building the baseline data that will allow them, in partnership with Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society (Cows & Fish) to develop their plan.
The Fall 2017 Alberta Ecotrust Grantees in our Community Grants category include:
Flowering rush is an invasive aquatic plant present in Isle Lake. Flowering rush poses a threat to Isle Lake from both an ecological and social perspective. The North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance believes a public education and action initiative is needed to provide timely and accurate information to the community regarding basic facts about flowering rush, the extent of the infestation in Isle Lake, appropriate methods of removal, and avenues for the community to become actively involved in removal.
The project addresses riparian degradation due to overuse by park visitors. Overuse leads to trampling, erosion, proliferation of invasive species, patches of bare compacted soil, slumping of creek banks and reduced watershed resiliency. Over the past 3 years Friends of Fish Creek has worked with their partners to devise efficient effective strategies to support managing the creek banks back toward a more natural state in line with Alberta Parks’ ‘ReWilding’ concept.
These resources, instructional kits and teacher workshops to be developed by the Alberta Council for Environmental Education are part of a larger culture shift in schools that will see schools taking their provincially legislated Daily Physical Activity (DPA) outside, visiting a Nature Nearby location on a weekly basis and bringing natural elements back into their classrooms.
The Sensitive Habitat Inventory Mapping (SHIM) Alberta 2.0 project will integrate technological advances and further improvements to the methodology, in order to build a database specific to Alberta lakes, improving the application and efficiency of SHIM in Alberta overall, while also supporting the Lesser Slave Lake SHIM Project.
Wildlife Preservation Canada believes that only by engaging the public and connecting an increased number of community members with nature – through education about the importance of pollinators and collection of information on their distributions and habitat requirements – will we be able to effectively plan for the recovery of this species and others that may be at risk, as well as maintain important pollination services for crops and wildflowers.