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Attend a Southern Foothills Community Stewardship Initiative Public Forum

Posted January 12, 2011 by LSC

This month signals the kick-off of the public forums for the Southern Foothills Community Stewardship Initiative, a regional citizen’s initiative to give voice to local priorities and recommendations for the Southern Foothills landscape and watersheds. The intent of the initiative is to inform land use planning and stewardship processes at the municipal and provincial level, and to contribute to building the long term, regenerative capacity of the region’s landscape. The Southern Foothills Initiative focuses on the Alberta landscape from Highway 22X south to Highway 3, and west of Highway 2.

The first round of community forums will be held between January 24 and 27, 2011 in the four communities of Turner Valley, High River, Nanton and Cowley. The forums are open to all – young and old, town residents and landowners, and those living, working and playing up and down the watersheds. Those who participate should come ready to share their views and knowledge of the area, and to engage in dynamic discussions and mapping activities.

The Southern Foothills Initiative is an eight month project winding up in July, 2011. A second set of community forums in the same four communities, to be held at the end of February, will allow citizens to engage in follow-up discussions based on the results of the first forums. Following that, a clear statement of priorities and recommendations will be developed based on local input and current scientific studies to inform land use planning and decision making that affects local landowners and communities.

The June 2007 landmark study ‘Changing Landscape of the Southern Alberta Foothills’ provides a solid foundation of public input and data for the Southern Foothills Initiative. As well, this initiative aligns with and supports the strategies outlined in the Alberta Government’s Land-use Framework as well as the goals and outcomes of Alberta’s Water for Life Strategy.

Locations and timing for the community forums:

  • Monday, January 24 7:00 pm Flare ‘n Derrick Community Hall, Turner Valley
  • Tuesday, January 25 7:00 pm Memorial Centre, High River
  • Wednesday, January 26 7:00 pm Nanton Community Hall, Nanton
  • Thursday, January 27 7:00 pm Cowley Village Hall, Cowley

The Pekisko Group and the Chinook Institute for Community Stewardship have partnered to deliver this initiative. For further information on the community forums and the project visit the Pekisko Group website at www.pekisko.ca or call Jacquie Nelson at 403–652-7477.

Come out and get involved to have your voice heard! Bring your neighbour as well.


2011 ABP Environmental Stewardship Award Announced

Posted December 14, 2010 by LSC

(Calgary, Alberta) Dec. 9, 2010 – Alberta Beef Producers (ABP) presented the 2011 Environmental Stewardship Award at the Annual General Meeting this week. The Kidd Bros., beef producers near Mayerthorpe, were the selected recipients.

This year the judging team, which included three ABP environment committee delegates, a Cows and Fish Riparian Specialist, and a representative from last year’s award winners, the Waldron Grazing Co-op, traveled 1,500 km across Alberta to evaluate the producers nominated for going above and beyond in their environmental stewardship practices.

The brothers, Bob and Larry Kidd, work closely with their Uncle Ron Kidd, one of the original partners, to run a viable mixed operation that focuses on cattle and crop production. The family recognizes the importance of the environment but are first to admit the majority of their environmental practices were brought forth by production and profitability concerns.

“It doesn’t matter what I want to do with the environment if I can’t ‘financially survive’ ‘til next year, but so often if you are doing those other things right, the environmental consideration is there,” said Bob.

The Kidd brothers have worked closely with groups like the West Central Forage Association, Cows and Fish, and were instrumental in the development of the Paddle River Stewardship Group. Through these groups, the brothers have hosted countless tours and demonstrations on their property spreading the message of environmental sustainability.

“Bob and Larry have put a lot of effort into working with a number of environmental groups so others can benefit from their actions,” said Greg Bowie, ESA Chair. “Protecting the river and the land and plant life around it is a very obvious priority to the brothers.”

It is the Kidd’s constant efforts to improve their management practices while minimizing the impact of the environment that make them worthy recipients of the 2011 Environmental Stewardship Award.

“It’s nice to be recognized for moving agriculture in a positive direction. The environment is constantly playing a larger role in the decision-making of the initiatives we take on,” said Larry.

ABP is the organization that represents the collective interests of nearly 28,000 beef producers in this province. Run by producers for the benefit of producers, ABP is dedicated to supporting a truly sustainable, competitive and profitable cattle and beef industry in Alberta.

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For more information contact:

Katelyn Laverdure
Communications Officer
P: 403–451-1176
E: katelynl@albertabeef.org


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