SACPA to dis­cuss pri­vate land con­ser­va­tion

EX­EC­U­TIVE DI­REC­TOR OF SALTS GUEST SPEAKER

Lethbridge Herald - - HOMETOWN NEWS | SOUTHERN ALBERTA -

The ever-ex­pand­ing hu­man foot­print in ru­ral ar­eas will have mea­sur­able im­pacts on re­sources neigh­bour­ing com­mu­ni­ties rely on.

Thurs­day, dur­ing the reg­u­lar weekly South­ern Al­berta Coun­cil on Pub­lic Af­fairs ses­sion at Coun­try Kitchen Cater­ing, speaker Justin Thomp­son will present “Can Pri­vate Land Con­ser­va­tion Main­tain Bio­di­ver­sity and Healthy Water­sheds in Al­berta’s Foothills?”

Thomp­son is the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of South­ern Al­berta Land Trust So­ci­ety (SALTS). He got to know SALTS when he started look­ing for op­tions to pre­serve wildlife habi­tat and water­sheds on his own land.

He, along with his fam­ily and sev­eral of their neigh­bours, ended up cre­at­ing con­ser­va­tion ease­ments with SALTS. He also con­tin­ues to run a small cow/calf op­er­a­tion on his land in part­ner­ship with a lo­cal rancher.

Thomp­son will ar­gue that pro­tec­tion of pri­vate lands in the Old­man River Wa­ter­shed is cru­cial to the health and eco­nomic well-be­ing of ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties and ev­ery­one downstream, in­clud­ing Leth­bridge. He will also high­light many of the ex­cit­ing ini­tia­tives tak­ing place to in­crease aware­ness of and pro­tect valu­able ar­eas in the wa­ter­shed.

Thurs­day’s SACPA ses­sion runs from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Coun­try Kitchen Cater­ing.

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