Provincial Habitat Securement Program

Alberta’s population growth seemed unaffected in 2019, even with a slow economy and high unemployment rate. Alberta’s population steadily increased and reached over 4.37 million people, up from 4.33 million in 2018. Wildlife and fisheries habitat loss continues to be a threat to native habitat with increasing demands for urban sprawl, agricultural conversion, and industrial expansion. Almost two-thirds of the province (62%) has been altered by industrial or agricultural development; this percentage increases each year. Urban and rural development have also contributed to habitat loss, fragmentation, and degradation.

ACA’s Provincial Habitat Securement Program conserves important wildlife and fish habitat through land purchases, land donations, and leases on Crown land. Securing habitat ensures these lands will be conserved in perpetuity to benefit our valued wildlife and fish resources, and to provide Alberta’s outdoor enthusiasts with year-round, sustainable recreational opportunities. Twenty-eight priority focus areas help guide securement efforts and opportunities. Collaborative partnerships with conservation groups, industry, various companies, and private individuals allow us to maximize our conservation impact and the efficiency of our securement efforts. Together in 2019/20, we completed one land acquisition, one bequeathal and two eco-gift donations, which conserved 744 acres (301.1 ha). These lands have an estimated land value of $1,937,000. Management plans will be prepared in 2020/21 to collaboratively address roles and responsibilities between managing partners.

Partnerships

Alberta Environment and Parks, Alberta Fish & Game Association, Environment Canada – Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk, Glen and Kelly Hall

Annual Summaries

We are working hard to upload all past summaries. If there is a report you would like to see that isn't presently here, please email info@ab-conservation.com

Title Year Category
Provincial Habitat Securement Program 2007-2008 3
Provincial Habitat Securement Program 2008-2009 3
Provincial Habitat Securement Program 2009-2010 3
Provincial Habitat Securement Program 2010-2011 3
Provincial Habitat Securement Program 2011-2012 3
Provincial Habitat Securement Program 2012-2013 3
Provincial Habitat Securement Program 2013-2014 3
Provincial Habitat Securement Program 2014-2015 3
Provincial Habitat Securement Program 2015-2016 3
Provincial Habitat Securement Program 2016-2017 3
Provincial Habitat Securement Program 2018-2019 3
Provincial Habitat Securement Program 2019-2020 3