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Putting Green Acreages Resources to Work

Posted September 17, 2020 by LSC

On Monday, August 31, 2020, Milena McWatt (Green Acreages Program Coordinator at Land Stewardship Centre) and Ken Lewis (Conservation Coordinator at Red Deer County) had the pleasure of visiting 4 Acres Farm, a small hobby farm acreage in Red Deer County.

We were met by Nicole Poburan, who owns the acreage with her husband Stephen. Nicole showed us around and we got to meet her Nigerian dwarf goats, grazing pigs, cats, dogs, rabbits, and honeybees – a whole menagerie!

Photo: Nicole Poburan with one of her goats.

We walked the property and discussed some drainage/flooding concerns that Nicole and Stephen have, as well as other acreage stewardship projects they are interested in undertaking on their hobby farm. Nicole mentioned that she and Stephen had tons of ideas for stewardship initiatives on their acreage after attending the Green Acreages Workshop and perusing the Green Acreages Guide workbook resource for acreage owners.

Situated in Red Deer County, the Poburans’ property is eligible for project funding through LSC‘s provincial Green Acreages Program as well as Red Deer County’s Green Acreages Program.

Photo: Ken Lewis (L) with acreage owner Nicole Poburan at 4 Acres Farm.

We are looking forward to receiving one or more applications from the Poburans for projects to mitigate flooding on their acreage (potential for wet well installation, planting native trees and shrubs, wetland restoration). They will likely also apply to Red Deer County’s project funding for the establishment of a pollinator garden that will bloom from spring through fall.

Project funding for Land Stewardship Centre’s Green Acreages Program is available for two years and projects must address flooding or drought. Check out the Green Acreages pages for more information on funding, resources and workshops.


Meet a Board Member: Jodie Hierlmeier

Posted September 16, 2020 by LSC

Get to know the people behind LSC

Successful organizations don’t just happen – they are created, nurtured and guided by people. Land Stewardship Centre (LSC) is fortunate to have a strategic, innovative and forward-thinking Board of Directors that positions us as a leader in the field of environmental stewardship. Today, we introduce you to another one of the committed individuals who is part of the team that governs the organization. Meet board member Jodie Hierlmeier.

As LSC inches closer to its 25th anniversary in 2021, we can’t help but think about the people behind the organization who have enabled us to offer stewardship programs and support for a quarter century. Jodie Hierlmeier, a lawyer with the Alberta Government’s Environmental Law Section, joined the LSC board of directors over three years ago.

“I first came to know LSC through previous director, Peter Boxall. I worked for Peter as a sessional instructor with the department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology at the University of Alberta,” Jodie shares. “LSC had an opening for a director and he suggested I apply.”

At the time, Jodie was looking to get involved with an environmental organization and, upon learning more about LSC, she loved that the organization was focused on education and supporting grassroots efforts of individuals and groups to make a positive environmental difference in their communities.

In addition to her interest in the outdoors and nature, Jodie has a B.Sc. from the University of Alberta with a specialization in zoology and a LL.B. from Dalhousie University with a specialization in environmental law. She has travelled extensively through Europe, Africa, the Middle East and parts of Asia and South America, working in England as an intern, with the United Nations in Kenya and providing legal support to a human rights organization in Tanzania.

Jodie’s unique perspective and diverse expertise aligns well with LSC’s mandate of enabling people to become better stewards and she says this mix of knowledge makes for a rewarding volunteer leadership experience. She feels it is critical for the leadership of an organization to apply their insight and expertise in a meaningful way to fulfil the organization’s mandate.

“I’ve really enjoyed getting to know the other directors and staff at LSC. They all have such varied experiences and interests,” she adds. “Being on the board has really helped broaden my knowledge about environmental issues around Alberta and I always learn something new at board meetings!”

Jodie goes on to express how happy she is to be involved in a small way in the work that LSC is doing with the provincial Green Acreages program and the collaborative conservation efforts within the Beaver Hills Biosphere

“I think what we’re doing at LSC is really important work,” she concludes.

Learn more about Jodie and her fellow board members.


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