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LSC and COVID-19: Preparing for Stage 2

Posted June 5, 2020 by LSC

In preparation for stage 2 of the Government of Alberta’s COVID-19 relaunch strategy, Land Stewardship Centre is preparing to implement the following actions on or after June 22, 2020:

  • Our office building – Imrie House – will be open during regular business hours (8:30 am – 4:30 pm Monday to Friday).
  • Capacity is limited to 6 people in the office at any one time.
  • Entry to the building is limited to staff, contractors, directors and visitors there for the purpose of conducting business with or for Land Stewardship Centre, the EcoServices Network or the Beaver Hills Biosphere.
  • Visitors not associated with Land Stewardship Centre, EcoServices Network or the Beaver Hills Biosphere are not permitted entry to Imrie House.
  • All staff, contractors, directors and visitors are expected to maintain physical distancing (2 metres) and will be required to:
  • People will not be permitted to enter Imrie House if they:
    • Have a fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose or shortness of breath (any symptoms that are not related to a pre-existing illness or medical condition).
    • Are a close contact of a person who tested positive for COVID-19.

The safety of the people we work with and our staff is a priority and we are committed to:

  • Cleaning regularly, especially in high traffic areas.
  • Wiping down and disinfecting surfaces.
  • Providing access to hand sanitizer.
  • Encouraging staff to stay home and away from others if sick.
  • Helping Albertans maintain physical distancing of 2 metres.
  • Having staff wear a face mask, where possible.

While we look forward to reengaging with people when permitted to do so, Land Stewardship Centre continues to maintain a work-from-anywhere policy and there is no expectation or requirement for staff or contractors to be present at Imrie House for regular work purposes. The re-opening of Imrie House is an opportunity for individuals to work and interact (respecting appropriate physical distancing and hygiene measures) in another venue should they feel comfortable and safe doing so.

If you have any questions please contact us at info@landstewardship.org


The Green Acreages Program is Growing

Posted May 12, 2020 by LSC

Our long-standing Green Acreages program has received provincial funding and, with strong municipal collaboration, will soon be supporting stewardship, drought and flood resiliency efforts among acreage owners across Alberta.

The 2016 census states that rural residents represent 16.1% of Alberta’s population – a growing proportion of the rural population. As the number of rural residents increases, they will have a greater cumulative impact on Alberta’s soil, water, air and wildlife resources. Acreage owners generally want to ‘do the right thing’ for their properties, but, historically, resources specific to managing small landholdings have been limited.

Launched in 2012, Green Acreages is a core program of Land Stewardship Centre (LSC). Distributed to and used by over 40 municipalities and organizations across Alberta, the Green Acreages Primer and Workbook resources have resonated deeply with municipalities, the stewardship community and acreage owners. In recent years, both Parkland County and Red Deer County even developed and implemented full-fledged municipal Green Acreages Programs utilizing these resources.

“We’ve run our own Green Acreages program in Red Deer County since 2013, providing information and funding to acreage owners to implement environmentally beneficial projects,” shares Ken Lewis, Conservation Coordinator at Red Deer County.

Other municipalities, including Mountain View County and Clearwater County, have taken different approaches including distributing the Green Acreages resources and hosting workshops for their residents.

“Mountain View County has been a supporter of the Green Acreages resources for many years,” says Lorelee Grattidge, Sustainable Agricultural Specialist with the county. “We have distributed Green Acreage Primers to our residents since 2016.”

Based on this longstanding and positive response to, and continued uptake and extensive use of the Green Acreages resources by municipalities, LSC long believed there was an opportunity to do more to deliver information and resources to acreage owners across the province.

Subsequent discussions with municipal stakeholders offered important perspectives along with valuable information which became the foundation for a funding proposal to Alberta’s Watershed Resiliency and Restoration Program (WRRP) to support a broader, more cohesive approach to delivering coordinated Green Acreages programming.

With WRRP funding confirmed earlier this year, LSC, in partnership with Red Deer County, Parkland County, Clearwater County, Brazeau County, Mountain View County and Rocky View County, has just launched a two-year Green Acreages pilot project. Through virtual (and when feasible, face-to-face) workshops, educational resources and physical restoration projects, this initiative embraces a collaborative approach to connecting and working directly with acreage owners, promoting sustainability through stewardship, supporting drought and flood mitigation efforts, and enhancing the ecosystem services associated with private land in Alberta.

Program partners and LSC are excited to see this long-awaited idea come to life.

“The number of acreage owners in Mountain View County is on a steady increase with many of these new residents moving from urban settings,” adds Lorelee. “We are fully supportive and very glad to see this new approach to Green Acreages evolve to assist acreage owners to protect and enhance the ecosystem services associated with their land.”

Ken Lewis from Red Deer wholeheartedly agrees. “It’s fantastic to see this opportunity for acreage owners across Alberta, and we look forward to working with LSC as the program continues to grow.”

Meet the new Green Acreages Program Coordinator.


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