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Waterlution Workshop for Young Professionals

Posted August 16, 2011 by LSC

Waterlution is looking for young professionals (age 20–35) to participate in a unique workshop on a “hot water topic” across North America – natural gas, shale gas, hydraulic fracturing and water use in North East British Columbia. The workshop will take place in Fort Nelson, BC on September 14–16, 2011 and is open to anyone across Canada.

The purpose of this three-day residential workshop is to engage young Canadian leaders in resource management and related fields in dialogue about water and natural gas development. The workshop will explore issues specific to natural gas extraction and the use of water and protection of groundwater.

There is space for 20 individuals between the ages of 20–35 to participate in the workshop. There is a $100 participation fee. All participants are expected to attend the full length of the workshop in order to facilitate, discuss and encourage growth throughout the experience.

The deadline to apply is August 23, 2011.

For more information and to apply visit Waterlution’s website.

Funding Available to Alberta Land Trust Organizations

Posted August 10, 2011 by LSC

New grant program benefits land conservation in Alberta

Edmonton, August 10, 2011 – A new provincial grant program will help further the conservation and protection of ecologically important lands in the province.

The Alberta Land Trust Grant Program will make grants available to land trust organizations for the purchase of conservation easements on private land and to manage land administered under trusts. Conservation easements are legally binding voluntary agreements between a landowner and a land trust. When placed on the land title, an easement restricts future surface development but current activities, like grazing, continue. The landowner retains title.

“Whether we are maintaining large areas of native landscape or conserving corridors for biodiversity, the Alberta Land Trust Grant Program will help us achieve long-term conservation goals,” said Sustainable Resource Development Minister Mel Knight. “Land trusts are worthy partners and a good resource to help identify and protect high-value conservation lands.”

A land trust is a not-for-profit, non-government organization established to promote biodiversity conservation on private land. Any land trust currently operating in Alberta is eligible to apply for grant funding but must provide other funding and demonstrate that their project aligns with the government’s overall conservation objectives. The grant and matching funds must go towards a specific project. A total of $5 million will be available for 2011–12. The Alberta Land Stewardship Fund was established following changes in 2010 to the Public Lands Act, resulting from the Alberta Land Stewardship Act.

The application deadline is September 26. For information or to obtain an application package, please visit the Alberta Land Trust Grant Program webpage.

The Alberta government is working to build a better Alberta by fostering economic growth, strengthening our health and education systems, investing in infrastructure, supporting safe and strong communities and ensuring a clean and healthy environment.

Media inquiries may be directed to:

Neal Watson
Sustainable Resource Development
P 780–427-8636
To call toll-free within Alberta dial 310–0000.

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