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Partner Spotlight: TD Friends of the Environment

Posted July 11, 2019 by LSC

“The results of philanthropy are always beyond calculation.” Miriam Beard

Those who work in the charitable and non-profit world are all too aware of the ongoing need for funding to accomplish our goals and ultimately, help make the world a better place. In this Partner Spotlight, Land Stewardship Centre would like to specifically thank TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) for supporting the enhancements to our Conservation Land Registry, but more importantly, recognize them for continuing to support our past and current stewardship work, as well as the worthwhile efforts of so many environmental charities across Canada.

Founded by TD Bank Group in 1990, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) is a national charity that funds environmental projects across Canada. They are leaders and innovators in the field of philanthropy and environmental conservation and education. Through TD FEF, TD as part of its corporate citizenship platform, The Ready Commitment, is helping to elevate the quality of the environment for a more sustainable tomorrow. We are grateful to TD FEF for supporting numerous LSC projects over the years including the Green Acreages Guide and, most recently, the enhancements to our Conservation Land Registry (CLR).

The CLR, which has been in operation for nearly 17 years, is a single source database of information on registered conservation agreements and conservation projects in Alberta. The CLR consolidates conservation easements, fisheries and habitat conservation projects, wildlife program lands, special case lands, historical resources and more from a variety of sources including non-profit organizations and agencies, governments and private landowners. Used by industry, various levels of government and conservation organizations, the CLR enables users to search for conservation projects, agreements or other notations/specific conservation or historical interests to inform their development and land-use planning decisions.

Funding received from TD FEF for the CLR enhancement project is going directly to improving the user interface; refining the automated on-line search capability; including more datasets that will lend valuable insight to and information regarding wildlife, watersheds, eco-regions; adding more functionality to the map feature and improving search reports. These enhancements will not only help us serve our current CLR clients better, but also encourage an even broader array of users, building greater awareness for conservation and stewardship across the province.

The success of several of our major projects and initiatives has been in part due to the funding support we have received from TD FEF over the years. Thank you again TD FEF for supporting Land Stewardship Centre and all you do to foster conservation and stewardship efforts in Alberta and across Canada.

“TD FEF is proud to have supported several Land Stewardship Centre projects since 2007. The CLR is a unique project that provides an important source of data for a multitude of conservation organizations throughout Alberta. There is so much good conservation work being done throughout the province and LSC takes on the vital role of providing these groups with the tools they need to make better decisions and to work more efficiently,” shares Masheed Salehomoum, TD FEF Coordinator for Pacific and Prairie.

Sasquatch Enlisted to Support Stewardship Efforts

Posted May 16, 2019 by LSC

Clear Water Landcare has been around for a while; since the late 1990’s in fact. Over the years, their vision of people living in and enjoying a healthy watershed, and their commitment to raising awareness with people about sustainable land and water use has never wavered. While they’ve been steadfast in vision and commitment, they’ve embraced creativity when it comes to their approach. Learn how Clear Water Landcare enlisted the support of a ‘unique partner’ to help them with their watershed stewardship efforts.

A Fresh Approach

A dedicated stewardship group, Clear Water Landcare has delivered numerous information sessions and assisted many landowners with various projects such as restoring habitats, off-site watering demonstrations and enhancing riparian habitat. They’ve accomplished much on private land in collaboration with landowners through their Caring for My Land and other successful programs. However, to encourage even greater respect for and stewardship of public land, Clear Water Landcare used a fresh approach, enlisting the help of Sasquatch to help spread the word.

Naturally, the real Sasquatch was too busy to make personal appearances, so the initiative is supported by a lively and imaginative caricature appearing prominently on signage and other communications throughout Sasquatch’s “backyard”. On these signs and communiques, Sasquatch “welcomes visitors to his backyard” and reminds them to enjoy nature and its bounty with respect.

“Sasquatch and the Welcome to Our Backyard initiative is a positive and fun way to remind people – both visitors and locals alike – that it is a privilege to live, work and play in one of the most amazing places in Canada,” explains Gary Lewis, the Clear Water Landcare Supervisor. “And with any privilege comes great responsibility.”

Stewardship That Goes Beyond Borders

Sasquatch’s “backyard” has grown beyond Clearwater County to include the eastern slopes municipalities of Yellowhead, Brazeau, Greenview and Mountain View. The area is rich with natural history, biodiversity and landscapes that include waterfalls, rare plants and diverse wildlife.

Sasquatch’s messages to visitors to “his backyard” include being sensitive to and respectful of the important landscapes, wildlife and ecosystems while enjoying nature and recreating in the area. Sasquatch is also quick to point out that how we use our land affects water supply and quality throughout the watershed and encourages everyone to treat all natural areas with care and respect.

Support for Multiple Initiatives

Sasquatch also appears in support of the Clearwater Trails Initiative (CTI), a collaborative effort between Clearwater County, industry partners, landowners, and provincial government, focuses on sustainable trail development, encouraging trail users to steer clear of sensitive upland and riparian areas.

CTI sounds like many other stewardship initiatives, right? Not so, because CTI enlisted the help of Sasquatch to capture people’s attention and help deliver these important messages by welcoming visitors to the area and encourages all to enjoy nature and its bounty with respect.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re a nature photographer or a hiker, a horseback rider or quad rider, a picnicker or overnight camper, a hunter or angler,” adds Gary. “We all have an important part to play in caring for the wonderful, wild place that Sasquatch calls home.”

Learn more about the Clearwater Trails Initiative and other Clearwater County efforts, including Clear Water Landcare programs and watch for Sasquatch the next time you find yourself in his backyard.

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