December 4-11, 2006

New alliance to promote land conservation in Alberta

CALGARY, ALTA-A $300,000 grant from Alberta Environment has launched the new Alberta Land Trust Alliance, a non-profit, province-wide organization of individual land trust organizations and supporters. The Alliance will work to increase land trust collaboration, provide leadership, build capacity and promote awareness about land conservation. In addition to the funding, allocated over three years, Alberta Environment has assigned a staff member on secondment to work with the organization. "Albertans can expect to hear more about how they can protect the natural integrity of the land thanks to the Alberta Land Trust Alliance," said Alberta Environment Minister Guy Boutilier. Guy Greenaway, head of the Alliance's steering committee, pointed out that "More and more private landowners are turning to Alberta's land trusts to help them achieve their personal land conservation goals. The land trust community is growing in size and scope, and this support of an Alberta Land Trust Alliance serves a vital need at a critical time." The formation of the Alliance was recommended by an advisory committee set up under Alberta Environment's Land Trust leadership project.

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