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Livingstone Landowners share information about the pressure on grasslands/wildlife

Written by  Stephanie Labbe
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How Alberta’s watersheds, wildlife and native grasslands are being pressured and impacted was a recent discussion held by the Livingstone Landowners Guild (LLG).

On Sept. 23, the LLG’s large meting discussed the increase in the impacts on watersheds, wildlife and native grasslands in the Pincher Creek area due to industry and recreation.
Representatives from six different groups each had 10-minute presentations regarding the organization’s history, initiatives and focus as they relate to conservation in the Pincher Creek area of the province.
Norma Dougall, chairperson of the LLG’s education and outreach committee, says several organizations are working to increase connected tracks of land for wildlife corridors as well.
Other key topics discussed included the change in attitude with government officials willing to listen and bureaucracy ‘excited’ that they can do something.
Many groups were encouraged and recognized that the new government is making decisions that are science-based, such as Alberta Transportation fencing along Highway 3 to prevent wildlife crossing the road, and appear to be listening to conservation concerns.
The overall message was that citizen engagement has meaning and as individuals and groups, they need to continue to write letters, send messages and so on, to express concerns to the government.
There were more than 60 people at the LLG meeting and Dougall says feedback was positive by participants and the public in attendance.
“It gave an opportunity for the various groups to network with each other and to discuss their work with the public,” adds Dougall.
She says this meeting was the first of its kind the LLG has held and by the great turnout, she’s confident this type of meeting will be held again next year, to include more organizations and groups that are doing important conservation work in the southwest region.
The LLG has been around since the 1990s and has approximately 80 landowners from southern Alberta involved, from areas of the Livingstone Range, the Porcupine Hills, the Whaleback and the Oldman Dam.
“LLG members range from third generation ranchers to acreage and recreation property owners. LLG’s goal is to ensure any necessary development in this area respects this unique environment and, if development is deemed appropriate, it is conducted with best practices to ensure the native habitat and landscape is protected all Albertans. We have worked with a number of proposed development proponents over the years and to a large degree, the proponents have significantly improved their plans as a result of our efforts,” adds Dougall.
Next for the group is to continue to work with other organizations to ensure protection of native grassland, wildlife and the unique viewscapes from damage.
The group also plans to host public sessions and guest speakers for the members and the public interested in conservation of watershed, wildlife and viewscapes of this unique area.
Anyone who is interested in more information or who wants to join the LLG, can contact the group via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by visiting their Facebook page by searching for Livingstone Landowners Guild.

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