Meet our Spring Grantees!
We are so jazzed about the amazing work going on in Alberta! Our Partners recently spent a lot of time reviewing proposals, interviewing applicants and making tough decisions. It’s such a great learning experience for everyone involved and even though we can’t possibly fund everything, we are heartened by the passion and programs underway across the province. Our Grant Committee collectively invested $200,000 in twelve top notch 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.
In total this year, we have invested over $370,000 in 19 projects through our Grant Program and EcoCity Edmonton. More than ever, when dollars are tight, we know it is important to invest in the people driving solutions to our most pressing environmental challenges. Protection and stewardship don’t happen by themselves.
Summaries of the projects we just invested in are below – learn more about each of the projects by clicking through. The Spring 2017 Alberta Ecotrust Grantees include:
Engaging Recreationists In The Oldman Headwaters Through Education & Restoration – Oldman Watershed Council
Through community-based social marketing, stakeholder engagement, education, streambank restoration, and stewardship activities, the Oldman Watershed Council is encouraging motorized recreationists to keep wheels out of water.
Strong Science To Support Alberta’s Parks Planning And Legislation – CPAWS Northern and Southern Alberta
Working together, CPAWS Northern and Southern Alberta chapters will jointly drive a project which utilizes collaboratively-created conservation planning tools to inform the government’s park creation and management goals, while also using communications and education to build public support for parks.
Engaging Albertans in Bat Conservation – Wildife Conservation Society of Canada
WCS Canada is mobilizing citizen science programs in Alberta that extend and strengthen their reach, and collaborating with and training biologists to confront white-nose syndrome.
Next Up Climate Leadership – Global Youth Education Network Society
The Next Up Climate Leadership Program builds the capacity of Albertans who are on leadership pathways in communities and organizations that do not necessarily have climate change as their core focus, to drive diverse and collaborative climate change action forward.
An Integrated Hydrologic Model For The Lesser Slave Watershed – Lesser Slave Watershed Council
The Lesser Slave Watershed Council will utilize a powerful integrated hydrologic model to take an integrated look at the watershed and how changes in climate, land use and water demand may look in the future.
Rare Vascular Plants Of Alberta 2nd Edition – Nature Alberta
The Alberta Native Plant Council and Nature Alberta will publish an updated version of Rare Vascular Plants of Alberta which will increase the ability of botanists and naturalists to locate rare vascular plants in Alberta
Bighill Creek Preservation Watershed Study – Cows & Fish
Cows and Fish, the Bighill Creek Preservation Society, and other partners are conducting a science-based watershed study of water quality and riparian health.
Pollinator Conservation: Communicating Rural Stewardship – FarmOn Foundation
Focused on creating natural habitats for bees and other pollinating insects, Operation Pollinator offers a practical and meaningful way to increase and improve biodiversity on the farm.
Weaselhead Ring Road Impact Study – Weaselhead/Glenmore Park Preservation Society
This project is the only opportunity to collect data on the terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems in the Weaselhead at this stage of construction of the Southwest Calgary Ring Road, and is crucial if we are to link impacts with specific construction activities.
Indigenous Climate Action – T’sou-ke First Nation
Indigenous Climate Action will build a unique Indigenous-worldview toolkit on climate change to encourage greater participation of Indigenous water protectors, land defenders and community leaders in future climate solutions
YYC Young Citizen Scientists – Green Calgary
This initiative will empower Calgary youth living in an urban environment to develop scientific research skills and apply them to observe the changes that are taking place in natural processes and local habitats.
Shaganappi Creek Community Enhancement Project – Trout Unlimited
This project will restore an urban spring creek and its riparian areas to a healthy and functional state to be enjoyed by the community and the public at large.