Species Habitat Assessments and Ranching Partnerships (SHARP)

The Species Habitat Assessments and Ranching Partnerships (SHARP) project is a voluntary collaborative project designed to aid in improving the quality and quantity of wildlife habitat available on the landscape. ACA’s objective here is to make wildlife conservation straightforward and cost-effective for producers through education and cost-sharing agreements for habitat enhancements. We develop habitat strategies after first completing in-depth range and riparian health assessments. Through these assessments, we evaluate range and riparian health, and look for areas that could be improved. We balance these with the needs of target species and the long-term objectives of the landholder and come up with mutually agreed-upon solutions that benefit both wildlife and the producer’s operations. As enhancements are made, we develop a monitoring plan to assess their progress and effectiveness. Our first two ranches (total 15,700 acres) were located in the North Saskatchewan Watershed and we look forward to expanding there and into the Peace River Watershed in 2020. Long-term relationships built on mutual respect and trust between conservation groups and landowners are the key to effective on-theground conservation efforts being undertaken through initiatives like the SHARP project.


Alberta Environment and Parks, ALUS Canada, Canadian Agricultural Partnerships, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, Ducks Unlimited Canada, Landholders

Annual Summaries

Title Year Category
Species Habitat Assessments and Ranching Partnerships (SHARP) 2018-2019 2
Species Habitat Assessments and Ranching Partnerships (SHARP) 2019-2020 2