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Monday, 27 May 2013 13:01

NCC planning Prairie Appreciation Festival June 8

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The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC),along with fellow partners, is offering a unique opportunity for southeast Albertans to gain valuable information about the landscape through a Prairie Appreciation Festival.

The event is set to take place Saturday, June 8 on property owned by Geoff Watson, north of Elkwater on Highway 41.
“It’s intended to give people a chance to learn more about grasslands,” says NCC Conservation Co-ordinator Rob Gardner.
The all-day event will feature experts from various conservation areas including agriculture, who can help both ranchers and those from urban areas, better understand how the land can be best managed.
Those presenting information include someone from Public Lands speaking about range health and how range health assessments are done as well as a Cows and Fish representative talking about riparian health assessments. The more adventurous can learn how to rope, operate a solar water pump, or go on a wetlands bug safari.
“There will be a lot of activities ranchers will find informative,” adds Gardner.
This is the first time an event such as this has been held in southeast Alberta. It will kick off starting about 9 a.m. and finish off with a barbecue beef supper at Camp Apistotoke at 5 p.m. followed by entertainment.
The day’s activities are free, but participants should bring a picnic lunch and lawn chairs. There is a $15 charge for the dinner ($10 for children ages 6-15 and those six and under are free). Reservations for the meal are required and can be made by phoning 403-580-7368 as soon as possible.
Sponsors for the event along with the NCC and Watson, include Prairie Conservation Forum and the South East Alberta Watershed Alliance.
Anyone wanting to stay abreast of NCC activities in southeast Alberta can be put on an email list with Gardner by phoning 403-527-2052.

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