SACPA to discuss private land conservation
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF SALTS GUEST SPEAKER
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.