The Bower property has been donated to the Nature Conservancy of Canada by James Bowers’ granddaughters. | NCC/Brent Calver photo

Pristine Alberta property donated to NCC

Uncultivated land bought by the United Farmers of Alberta’s first president will become the Bower Wildlife Sanctuary

Part of the inheritance of a pioneer farm family is being preserved for future generations. Land bought about a century ago by James Bower, the first president of the United Farmers of Alberta, has been donated by his granddaughters to the Nature Conservancy of Canada. It will form the new 477-acre Bower Wildlife Sanctuary, most […] Read more

Activities over the next two years will involve direct work with landowners to undertake habitat assessment and then develop habitat management strategies to benefit critical grouse habitat. | File photo

Grouse conservation efforts receive funding

Activities to support habitat for greater sage grouse received a $1.27 million funding boost March 17 from the federal environment and climate change department. The money will fund initiatives through the Species At Risk Partnership on Agricultural Lands (SARPAL), which is part of the national conservation plan. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association announced the funding, saying […] Read more

Activities over the next two years will involve direct work with landowners to undertake habitat assessment and then develop habitat management strategies to benefit critical grouse habitat. | File photo

Feds fund greater sage grouse conservation efforts

Activities to support habitat for greater sage grouse received a $1.27 million funding boost March 17 from the federal environment and climate change department. The money will fund initiatives through the Species At Risk Partnership on Agricultural Lands (SARPAL), which is part of the national conservation plan. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association announced the funding, saying […] Read more


The $25-million project announced by the Weston Family Foundation is expected to accelerate stewardship efforts on four million acres in all three prairie provinces over the next five years. | Screencap via westonfoundation.org

Grassland conservation gets significant funding injection

Weston Family Foundation donates $25 million to five organizations to help protect four million acres across the Prairies

Five organizations last week received funding to participate in one of the largest ever projects to conserve prairie grasslands. The $25-million project announced by the Weston Family Foundation is expected to accelerate stewardship efforts on four million acres in all three prairie provinces over the next five years. Each of the organizations submitted proposals to […] Read more

Birds Canada, which developed the guide, says birds are essential to the health of grasslands and are also good indicators of ecological and environmental health. | Mike Sturk photo

New guide helps farmers preserve grasslands

The Grassland Conservation Incentives Guide makes it easier for producers to find funding programs available to them

Producers and landowners now have a one-stop online shop to find financial incentives to help preserve, enhance or restore grasslands and other prairie habitats. The 69-page Grassland Conservation Incentives Guide from Birds Canada is now available at birdscanada.org. Ian Cook, grassland conservation manager at Birds Canada, said many producers understand the importance of keeping prairie […] Read more


A research study conducted by Jeremy Pittman of the University of Waterloo seeks to determine which species-at-risk and endangered species conservation programs are most popular with landowners. | File photo

Study seeks ranchers’ opinions on conservation

Farmers and ranchers in the four western provinces are being asked to give opinions on conservation programs. A research study conducted by Jeremy Pittman of the University of Waterloo seeks to determine which species-at-risk and endangered species conservation programs are most popular with landowners. Multisar (multiple species at risk) and the Alberta Conservation Association are […] Read more

Shane and Laurel Hansen wanted their land to continue as a working cattle operation.  |  Brent Calver photo

Alberta ranch signs conservation agreement

Ranch family hopes the deal signed with Nature Conservancy Canada will protect their land from future development

Shane and Laurel Hansen were making their wills a few years ago and started thinking about the future of their southwestern Alberta property. Their 903 acres a few kilometres east of Waterton Lakes National Park could be prime real estate for campgrounds or country residential acreages, but that is a future they never want to […] Read more

Stan Carscallan has granted an easement on some of his White Moose Ranch to the Nature Conservancy of Canada.  |  Photo courtesy of Stan Carscallen

Part of Alta. ranch joins conservation corridor

White Moose Ranch offers 2,000 acres to the Nature Conservancy of Canada to connect the Sheep and Highwood rivers

Two thousand acres of land in arguably one of the most picturesque regions of Alberta became part of a conservation agreement Oct. 11 between the Nature Conservancy of Canada and landowner Stan Carscallen. Those acres are a portion of Carscallen’s White Moose Ranch located west of Turner Valley and a 45-minute drive southwest of Calgary. […] Read more


Nature Conservancy of Canada staff tour the area near Buffalo Lake.  |  Brent Calver photo

Unique parcel of land in good hands with NCC, says owner

Bob Thomson remembers looking at a 158-acre property north of Stettler, Alta., about 20 years ago, accompanied by his then-two-year-old daughter. Landowner Harry Green had given him a week to consider buying the parcel, so Thomson put his daughter in a backpack and went to explore it. “We walked out on the ice — it […] Read more

After a 26 year career in research and extension with Manitoba Agriculture, Deloraine zero till farmer Scott Day quite his government day job to join a private equity firm that has taken a strong stewardship stand on farmland it buys and manages.
|  Fall Line Capital photo

Concern for land or just good business?

BRANDON — When Manitoba farmer Scott Day presented his new business model for farmland ownership, farmers attending meetings earlier this year sat up and paid attention. Day explained his role in a new farmland investment venture with a San Francisco based private equity firm called Fall Line Capital. While dozens of American farmland investment groups […] Read more