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.
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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


There are concerns the bison would escape the park.  |  File photo

Bison may return to Banff

Sixteen bison will move to Banff National Park in February if Parks Canada decides to go ahead with reintroducing the species. A public comment period ended Nov. 30, and the feedback will be a factor in the final decision, said Karsten Heuer, project officer at the park. He told the Canadian Bison Association annual convention […] Read more

A conservation easement agreement for a 3,000 acre ranch owned by Reno and Corine Welsch in southwestern Alberta has been reached with the Nature Conservancy of Canada. | Brent Calver photo

Nature conservancy protects 3,000 acres in southern Alta.

A conservation easement agreement for a 3,000 acre ranch in southwestern Alberta has been reached with the Nature Conservancy of Canada. Owned by Reno and Corine Welsch, the ranch is located on the southern side of the Porcupine Hills, 20 kilometres north of Pincher Creek. It overlooks the Oldman River Valley and has been under […] Read more

Indian reservations want the bison on their land, but cattle producers worry about the spread of disease and possible mismanagement of the animals.  |  File photo

Montana mulls restoring historic bison herd

(Reuters) — The shaggy offspring of the United States’ only wild, purebred herd of bison are pitting Montana conservationists, federal wildlife managers, ranchers and Native American tribes against each other. Montana governor Steve Bullock is due to decide soon whether bison from Yellowstone National Park will be allowed to roam the state outside certain tribal […] Read more


Pasture changes hands

The Govenlock pasture in southwestern Saskatchewan has been transferred from one federal ministry to another. In a July 29 news release, Environment Canada announced it was taking over the pasture from Agriculture Canada. An official transfer date has not been announced and Environment Canada did not provide more information before Western Producer deadlines. It appears […] Read more

 Wetlands, which have jokingly been called Mother Nature’s outhouse because they flush out impurities as water flows through, are now being used around the world to clean polluted water.  |  File photo

Are wetlands Mother Nature’s outhouse, or do they deserve more respect?

Nature plays a major role in one Saskatchewan village’s waste water management system. Vonda treats its waste water with two cells plus a man-made wetland, all of which are heavily populated with bulrushes and cattails, says mayor Dan Sembalerus. Sembalerus, who was born and raised in this small community northeast of Saskatoon, said he recalls […] Read more