Kyle Marquardt

Alberta

Number of projects: 5

Land value: Land value is the appraised value of land that NCC has conserved directly and with partners. $9,016,899

Acres conserved: 6,118

Stewardship volunteers: 746

Coming together to clean up the bow

Kyle Meller

The Bow River Watershed provides drinking water to more than one million people living in the city of Calgary, but the area is currently under threat due to loss of water quantity and quality. In October 2015, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) announced four conservation stewardship projects targeting the Bow River Watershed, thanks to funding from Coca-Cola Canada.

Out of the four projects that Coca-Cola funded, two were completed in 2015: the construction of fencing along a riverbank area and the restoration of an old water-retention berm. The third project involved planting willows along a riverbank in NCC’s W. Hutchinson property alongside a river that is a tributary of Bighill Creek, which joins the Bow River in Cochrane.

The final project of NCC’s and Coca-Cola’s partnership, which focused on waterside fencing to protect the river bank and prevent erosion, was completed in the spring of 2016.

Alberta’s newest UNESCO biosphere reserve, Beaver Hills, contains land conserved in NCC’s Cooking Lake Moraine natural priority area.

The Gathering for Nature returns

Kyle Marquardt

On September 16, 2015, more than 50 women of influence gathered to celebrate conservation at a community centre just west of Edmonton. There, they met a team of NCC staff and leading women naturalists to tour one of NCC’s newest projects in the capital region: the Bunchberry Meadows Conservation Area.

The day was a combination of adventure, inspiration and networking, all under the canopy of Bunchberry Meadows. The event was fully sponsored through the generosity of a number of local businesses and anonymous individuals, thus ensuring all funds raised from the event will be directed towards the project.

The event was an opportunity to celebrate leading women in the community. This was evidenced by the participation of extraordinary women naturalists, the culinary experience and the guests in attendance.

The women in attendance thoroughly enjoyed connecting with nature and like-minded individuals.

What a great group of people, and a wonderful cause. It was a perfect day.

Audrey Luft, president of Manpower Alberta

Celebrating 10 years of Conservation Volunteers in Alberta

NCC

Since the Nature Conservancy of Canada launched the Conservation Volunteers program in Alberta in 2006, 3,125 dedicated volunteers have donated 21,679 hours of hands-on conservation efforts and helped complete 272 projects on the ground.

From site clean-ups to tree planting, volunteers are directly involved in local projects that help improve the health of the environment. It’s a chance to get outside, get their hands dirty and learn more about nature.

Last year alone, the program drew a record-breaking 783 volunteers — families, solo adventurers and local community members who are passionate about caring for Alberta’s wild spaces.