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Meet a Board Member: Jim Gendron

Posted January 11, 2021 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 long-standing board member Jim Gendron.

Jim Gendron’s interest in park planning and open space management was first ignited during his time at Macdonald College of McGill University, where he majored in renewable resource management. This interest followed Jim into his professional career working as a park planner in Prince Edward Island, then a tenure with Alberta Recreation & Parks, followed by several years working at Alberta Energy and Natural Resources.

“All of these experiences contributed to an applied interest in natural resource management and I developed an aptitude for park management, policy and programming,” shares Jim, who is currently the principal at LTG Consulting.

He decided to share his talents and experience with the non-profit sector and became a director on the board of Land Stewardship Centre (LSC) in 2005.

“I was offered the opportunity to join LSC. I liked what the organization stood for and the programs that were both underway and being proposed,” says Jim. “I definitely thought, and still feel, that it’s a valuable organization to volunteer with.”

Jim has served on the LSC board for 15 years and he is currently chair. Through his steadfast commitment and assistance with board recruitment and community engagement, Jim has enabled LSC to thrive and navigate various challenges throughout the years. He views time spent volunteering as a great experience and sees LSC’s innovative shared-services partnerships with the Beaver Hills Biosphere and EcoServices Network as an opportunity to build on mutual strengths to create success.

“It’s the mix of skills and diversity of thought among board members and the excellent administrative leadership provided by our Executive Director, Brian Ilnicki and the LSC staff which make LSC such a great organization to volunteer with,” Jim offers.

Jim has demonstrated a long-term commitment to LSC but he also serves in other capacities to better his community, including volunteering on the board of Infill Development in Edmonton Association and the Finance Sub-committee of the Board of Governors for Concordia University of Edmonton.

We appreciate all that Jim has done for Land Stewardship Centre and all who give their time and talents in assisting non-profits thrive, especially amid these challenging times.

Learn more about our Board of Directors


Green Acreages: Money, Money, Money

Posted November 10, 2020 by LSC

For the first time ever, the Green Acreages program is able to offer funding to acreage owners for implementing stewardship projects on their properties.

Thanks to WRRP, we have the opportunity to directly support acreage, hobby farm and recreational property owners across Alberta by cost-sharing on eligible stewardship projects. Under the Green Acreages funding program, acreage owners may receive up to $2500 for eligible projects that help mitigate flooding and/or drought on their properties.

Eligible projects could include:

  • Projects that enhance natural watershed function
  • Wetland enhancements, such as enhancing riparian and upland vegetation associated with wetlands
  • Stormwater management, such as erosion controls, planting vegetation, wetland enhancements or construction, hydrologic function enhancement for the watershed (may include planting, contouring, wetland construction), floodplain restoration, low-impact developments (such as rain gardens and bioswales)
  • Riparian zone enhancements through planting and buffers
  • Shoreline remediation and/or re-naturalization, such as planting native species, reinforcing shoreline through soil bioengineering and other natural methods
  • Erosion reduction measures (e.g., shoreline or riparian naturalization with native plants, establishing a buffer of native plants between landscaped areas and bodies of water, and re-establishment of shorelines through soil bioengineering and other natural methods)
  • Exclusion fencing, off-site watering systems and stream crossings (e.g., to keep livestock out of water bodies and away from riparian areas)
  • Use of native species in planting initiatives

Green Acreages project funding is available until 2021. Winter is a great time to submit your application and start planning so you can hit the ground running in spring 2021.

The easy to use application form is available online and you can always reach out to Milena, the Green Acreages Program Coordinator, if you have questions or want to discuss a potential project before submitting your application.


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