Provincial Habitat Securement Program

Despite a slower economy in Alberta, population growth seemed unaffected in 2018. Alberta’s population steadily increased and reached over 4.33 million people in 2018, up from 4.31 million in 2017. Habitat alteration and wetland loss has impacted over 410,000 km2 of Alberta. Northern parts of the province have seen the most alterations with the province selling off Crown lands for agricultural development and political pressure to sell off more Crown lands in the Peace Country for agricultural expansion. Almost two-thirds of the province (62%) has been altered by industrial or agricultural development. Urban and rural development have also contributed to habitat loss, fragmentation, and degradation.

Our 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 2018/19, we completed two land acquisitions which conserved 609 acres (246.5 ha). These lands have an estimated land value of approximately $1,730,000. Through a unique partnership, ACA and AFGA shared title on 14 existing conservation sites. Management plans will be developed in 2019/20 to share roles and responsibilities between partners.

Partnerships

Alberta Environment and Parks, Alberta Fish & Game Association, Edmonton Trout, Environment Canada – Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk, Mr. Porter, Pheasants Forever – Calgary Chapter, Pheasants Forever – Chinook Chapter, Public Donations, Red Deer River Naturalists, Trout Unlimited Canada – Central, Trout Unlimited Canada – Edmonton

Wild Elk FoundationAnnual 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