MEET OUR FALL 2019 ENVIRONMENTAL GRANT RECIPIENTS
Together, with our Visionary Partners, we had the honour and privilege to grant nearly $290,000 to 14 environmental projects across the province! Check out our 2019 Fall grant recipients, and be sure to click through their profiles to learn more about the people and organizations behind these projects:
CONSERVATION PROJECTS IN LETHBRIDGE RIVER VALLEY (COULEE CLEAN-UP, SHORELINE CLEAN-UP, INVASIVE WEED PULL)
Friends of the Helen Schuler Nature Centre Society
Friends of the Helen Schuler Nature Centre (HSNC) Society’s conservation projects: the Coulee Clean-Up, Shoreline Clean-Up, and Weed Pulls demonstrate positive action in protecting the natural landscape through education and focusing volunteer efforts on improving the local ecosystem.
Living Lakes Canada
The Lac La Biche Region Watershed Stewardship Society proposes to hold up to fifteen Open Houses on watershed stewardship, using infographics and displays to present information on watershed stewardship to local lakeshore communities across Lac La Biche County.
The purpose of the proposed project is to scale up from temporary prototypes and conceptual design work, to create longer-term benefit for more Calgarians, through policy change to mitigate climate change, decrease pollution and improve public health by increasing active transportation.
Castle Crown Wilderness Coalition
The Castle Crown Wilderness Coalition initiative to re-engage Albertan’s support for the Castle Management Plan will help ensure that the Castle Parks are managed with a primary intent on conserving their ecological values as headwaters and critical habitat, and minimizing the effects of recreational use that is incompatible with these values.
Bow River Basin Council
The project will increase awareness with students from Grade 1 to post-secondary about watersheds, the issues affecting the Ghost Watershed and others in the Bow River Basin, and how to keep the watersheds healthy.
Alberta Lake Management Society
Little Beaver Lake produces excessive cyanobacteria blooms, linked to an excess in phosphorus. This project will conduct a nutrient budget study to determine the source of excess phosphorus, and why it is a significant problem for Little Beaver Lake in particular.
Inside Education’s programs will draw attention to both the issues and related innovations related to wildlife by delivering a comprehensive wildlife education program that will provide multiple touch points and real-world experiences for both students and teachers.
Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative
In the second year of this project, the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative will continue to collaborate with a diversity of groups to call for better conservation and recreation management of these lands.
To date, 3,248 volunteers (60% from Calgary) have participated to classify species found, highlighting Calgary Captured’s ability to reach a large audience while addressing an important need to classify thousands of images collected. Now that they have begun generating a dataset of urban wildlife, they plan to expand the program to investigate wildlife corridors between Parks.
Alberta Council for Environmental Education
In year one of this multi-year initiative, the Alberta Council for Environmental Education will work with 10 pilot schools to build a simple program that will enable schools to directly contribute to the goals of Calgary’s Climate Resilience Strategy.
Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society Southern Alberta
The issues affecting Alberta’s native trout are complex and members of the public have little awareness of the causes and remedies to the solution. This project will raise awareness, foster community and encourage action to create positive change for native trout.
The Young Agrarians Apprenticeship program educates aspiring farmers by putting them at the heart of a regenerative farm where they receive training and mentorship on the practices of ecological land management.
Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society Northern Alberta
The purpose of this project is to establish an Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area within the Traditional Territory of the Dene Tha’ First Nation. The area also covers critical habitat of the threatened Bistcho woodland caribou herd.
Red Deer River Watershed Alliance
This project will help the Red Deer River Watershed Alliance develop water narratives, supporting communications tools, and build relationships on-the-ground with people who have stories to share.