News from October 2009

New faces join AB NAWMP committees

October 11, 2009 | Posted by AB NAWMP

The Partnership is pleased to welcome several new members to the Alberta NAWMP community.

The Policy Sub-committee is joined by Jason Cathcart (Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development), Tracy Scott (Ducks Unlimited Canada), and Kim Schmitt (Ducks Unlimited Canada).

The Communications Sub-committee welcomes Marci Dube of Ducks Unlimited Canada.

We would also like to acknowledge those people taking on the role of Chair of the following committees:

  • Science Sub-committee Chair: Nic DeGama Blanchet, the Nature Conservancy of Canada
  • Policy Sub-committee Chair: Gerry Haekel, Alberta Sustainable Resource Development
  • Communications Sub-committee Chair: Krista Tremblett, Alberta Environment

Click here to learn more about the Alberta NAWMP Board and Committeess.

Partners celebrate Alberta's largest conservation easement donation

October 4, 2009 | Posted by AB NAWMP

Special dedication honours Calgary philanthropist

Doc Seaman memorialized in one of Alberta’s largest donated conservation easements.

Calgary, Alberta – September 4, 2009 – Just 10 kilometres from the small, south-eastern Alberta town of Dorothy, conservation history was made today. Family and friends of respected businessman, the late Daryl ‘Doc’ Seaman, along with elected officials and invited guests from partnering organizations, gathered at OH Ranch Dorothy to take part in a special dedication honouring Mr. Seaman’s commitment and contribution to preserving a significant part of the natural prairie landscape in southern Alberta. Today’s dedication, which also includes the property at OH Ranch Bassano, marks one of Alberta’s largest donated conservation easement and marks $500 million in land donations for Environment Canada’s Ecological Gifts program.

“Mr. Seaman’s quiet commitment and passion for supporting various causes is legendary,” said Jack H. Hole, President, Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC). “He was also a long-time supporter of Ducks. We are honoured that his generosity continues through these donated conservation easements, and pleased to be able to recognize his contributions in this way.”

Hole and Doc’s son Bob Seaman were on hand to unveil a special bronze plaque mounted on a cairn at the OH Ranch Dorothy property. Also present was Ted Menzies, MP for Macleod, who spoke on behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minster of Environment Canada. A similar plaque and cairn have also been placed at OH Ranch Bassano to commemorate this donation and Doc’s love of the land.

Through the vision and generosity of Mr. Seaman and his family, DUC has entered into an agreement to place and hold donated conservation easements that will help protect and conserve the integrity of the natural landscapes on two of the four properties (Dorothy and Bassano) that make up the OH Ranch operation. More than 11,250 acres (45.5 square kilometres) will be protected under these agreements, making this one of the single largest donated conservation easements in DUC history.

Encompassing more than 1,800 acres of native habitat in southern Alberta, OH Ranch Dorothy is a natural jewel on the landscape. The property contains a diversity of wetlands and native upland habitat that supports a variety of wildlife species. Securing this valuable habitat under a conservation easement protects valuable wetlands and important wildlife habitat, continuing the legacy of the Ranch and of Doc Seaman, who was passionate about caring for the soil, the water and the wildlife on his land. OH Ranch Dorothy and Bassano will continue to operate sustainably as a cattle ranch.

“OH Ranch has worked with Ducks for many years, so it was a natural fit for us to further partner with them to ensure these conservation easements were placed on OH Ranch Dorothy and OH Ranch Bassano,” said Bob Seaman. “Wetland and wildlife conservation is an important component of the OH Ranch philosophy, and it’s my father’s legacy.”

A portion of OH Ranch Dorothy has also been classified through Environment Canada’s Ecological Gifts program as containing ecologically sensitive lands or sites that significantly contribute to the conservation of Canada’s biodiversity and environmental heritage.

“Conserving precious habitat like this is one of the best ways to help our ecosystems and species thrive and survive,” said Member of Parliament Ted Menzies on behalf of Canada’s Environment Minister, the Honourable Jim Prentice. “By conserving this important area in Alberta, the Government of Canada and its partners are providing critical space for species at risk, including burrowing owls, loggerhead shrikes, ferruginous hawks, short-eared owls and Sprague’s pipits.”

For more information, contact:
Anh Hoang
Marketing and Communications Specialist
Ducks Unlimited Canada
Phone: (403) 827–8762
E-mail: a_hoang@ducks.ca