The annual Millarville Half Marathon – Run to the Farmer’s Market is taking place on Saturday, June 13th, 2015. Join the fun and Run 4 a Cause by supporting the Foothills Land Trust. For more information and to register, visit the Millarville Half Marathon website here.
Annual General Meeting
The Foothills Land Trust's Annual General Meeting (AGM) is taking place on June 12th, 2015 at Sheppard Park, High River. Following the AGM, FLT is pleased to host a learning forum with guest speaker Noreen Ambrose from Cows and Fish. Please join us to discuss Opportunities for Conservation in the MD of Foothills. Please contact us if you would like to attend. Further information is available here.
New Donations and Easements
One of FLT’s key initiatives is to protect and to maintain significant wildlife corridors and riparian areas within the MD of Foothills and the Bow Basin. In 2013, FLT was granted title to a 45 acre parcel called “Greggwood”. Greggwood is an integral part of the wildlife migration corridor between Fish Creek and Ann and Sandy Cross Conservation Area (ASCCA) and is found to provide high levels of wildlife usage and movement. Additionally, the land has been maintained as a natural area, with no grazing or farming pressure since 1961, and therefore contains a variety of habitats. The area has both mixed wood and coniferous forest and both wetlands and stream communities as well as mixed shrub and grassland communities. The ravine contains an old growth White Spruce (Picea glauca) community as well as a healthy riparian area with a variety of willow species. The donation of Greggwood adds to the network of existing conservation easements surrounding the ASCCA, ensuring space for wildlife migration and habitat within this fragile environment.
The FLT also has a focus on wildlife corridors and riparian areas along the Highwood River, upstream of the town of High River. The FLT currently holds one easement in this area and is currently working on a second easement nearby. The second easement will extend the previously protected Highwood riparian area and wildlife corridor with an additional 30.3 acres. The Highwood riparian area serves as an important corridor for wildlife and functions to protect Highwood River water quality and river habitat. The FLT anticipates adding additional easements in this area as the other landowners along the Highwood have shown an interest in conservation easements to conserve wildlife corridors and habitat, open and natural spaces and agricultural land.