News from April 2015

4th Annual ASPB Wetland Workshop

April 23, 2015 | Posted by AB NAWMP

The Alberta Society of Professional Biologists (ASPB) is hosting a Wetland Workshop in Cochrane on May 13, 2015.

The event is open to ASPB members and non-members alike. This is the fourth year for ASPB‘s wetland workshop. This year’s program features presentations on:

  • Peatland Management and Reclamation presented by Dr. Bin Xu from the NAIT Boreal Research Institute and collaborators including Dr. Maria Strack, University of Waterloo
  • Integration of Naturalized Storm Water Ponds into Urban Environments by Lisette Ross from Native Plant Solutions (Ducks Unlimited)
  • Alberta Wetland Policy Updates and Assessment Tools from ESRD’s Wetland Policy Implementation Team
  • Additional Presentations on Wetland Science, Conservation, Management and Regulation, to be announced with final program

For more information, the full program and to purchase tickets, visit the ASPB website

Apply for a 2015 Watershed Stewardship Grant today!

April 16, 2015 | Posted by AB NAWMP

Calling all stewardship groups

With grants available up to $10,000 per project, and new funds also available for wetland-specific projects, you don’t want to miss out. The deadline for applications is April 17, 2015 at 4:30 PM (MST).

About the program
Since 2005, the Watershed Stewardship Grant (WSG) program, made possible through the Government of Alberta’s Water for Life Strategy, has provided funding to the province’s stewardship community to support their efforts. Through this program, grants are awarded to grassroots watershed stewardship groups which are working in their communities to raise awareness of local watershed issues or improve the condition of their local watershed.

What’s new for 2015?
Alberta’s new Wetland Policy aims to conserve, restore, protect and manage Alberta’s wetlands to sustain the benefits they provide to the environment, society and economy. The policy recognizes that wetland stewardship is a key component of effective wetland management in the province.

So, in 2015, in addition to the regular WSG funding, Land Stewardship Centre, in partnership with the Education and Outreach division of Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, is offering a new grant stream under the current Watershed Stewardship Grant (WSG) Program to fund wetland-specific projects in support of the Wetland Policy. Grants up to $10,000 will be issued in 2015 to eligible groups on a per-project basis (for both watershed as well as wetland-specific projects).

Resources at your fingertips
Don’t forget – everything you need is available on the Watershed Stewardship Grant web pages – from the easier to use application and reporting forms, to FAQs and a sample application to guide you through the process.

Have questions? Need more information?
Contact the Stewardship Program Coordinator by email or by phone at 1–877–727–5276 extension 222.