Conservation Site Management
ACA currently manages and maintains 195 Conservation Sites, which include over 200,000 acres (80,937 ha) of titled and Crown land in Alberta. Our Conservation Site Management program is responsible for stewardship of these sites according to site management plans. In 2014/15, we inspected and maintained 191 Conservation Sites for wildlife and fish habitat and recreational opportunities. Our team also completed enhancement projects on 34 Conservation Sites, including planting over 85,000 trees and shrubs. Tree and shrub planting and other vegetation enhancements will benefit a variety of ungulates, upland gamebirds and waterfowl. Recreational enhancements at five of the sites, such as access gates and vehicle controls, will benefit outdoor enthusiasts. We installed 15 Conservation Site signs and provided recommendations on 59 land-use referrals. We also managed public access on two sites through a reservation system. Further, we continued discussions with Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development to determine long-term partnership roles and responsibilities at Crown-owned Conservation Sites. Our success in managing and enhancing Conservation Sites is achieved using a collaborative approach with a growing number of partners and volunteers across Alberta.
Alberta Environment and Parks, Alberta Fish & Game Association, Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks and Wildlife Foundation, Alberta Trail Riding Association, Bow River Irrigation District, Buffalo Lake Naturalists, Calfrac, Canon Evergreen, ConocoPhillips, County of Lethbridge, County of Newell, County of Stettler, County of Warner, Daishowa-Marubeni International Ltd., DOW AgroSciences, Ducks Unlimited Canada, Eastern Irrigation District, Edmonton and Area Land Trust, Landowners, MULTISAR, Myrnam River Ridge Riders Snowmobile Club, Nature Conservancy of Canada, Pheasants Forever – Calgary and Chinook Chapters, Shell Canada Energy, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, The Carbon Farmer Inc., Tree Canada, Volunteer stewards, Westlock Whitetails Junior Forest Warden Club, Wildlife Habitat Canada
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