After a great deal of community consultation and input throughout the early 2000’s, the Edmonton City Council was approached to assist and participate in developing a land trust. Six community organisations representing a broad spectrum, came together to found it:
City of Edmonton
Edmonton Community Foundation
Edmonton Nature Club
Land Stewardship Centre of Canada
Urban Development Institute – Greater Edmonton Chapter
Legacy Lands Conservation Society
These groups were signatories to the agreement and became the Founding Members of the Edmonton and Area Land Trust (EALT), which was incorporated in 2007. A transition manager was employed to find and hire the Executive Director, who was hired in March 2008, when actual land trust organizational capacity building began.
Secures Hicks (in Strathcona County, south of Hastings Lake)
Secures Ministik (in the north of Camrose County, adjacent to the Ministik International Game Bird Sanctuary)
Secures Pipestone Creek (northeast of Wetaskiwin)
Partners with a private company to plant 30,000 trees on EALT lands
Wins an Alberta Emerald Award for environmental excellence and partnership building
Publishes the first Guide to Species at Risk in Alberta
3 Directors on EALT’s Board receive a Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal
Plants another 250,000 trees on EALT lands
Secures Boisvert’s GreenWoods (northeast of Morinville)
Secures Coates Conservation Lands (northwest of Calmar)
Launches Go Wild for Geocaching program
Installs a bee hotel at Edmonton Community Foundation offices and launches the Protecting Pollinators Program
Protecting Pollinators program awarded one of only 20 grants from the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation, enabling numerous bee hotel workshops, large bee hotel installations around the city, several resource materials including a bee identification guide, and development of a Kids’ Bee and Pollinator Activities book
Secures Bunchberry Meadows Conservation Area (south of Enoch Cree Nation) with the NCC
Publishes Nature’s Nourishment Recipe Book, featuring native plants found in the Edmonton region.
Secures Larch Sanctuary (first property within City of Edmonton)
Secures Lu Carbyn Nature Sanctuary (in Lac St. Anne County)
Launches the EALT Kids program, with Discover Nature Kits, resources, and kids website
Celebrates 10 years of nature conservation in the Edmonton region. Special anniversary activities and initiatives included visiting 10 conservation lands with volunteers, forming a Youth Advisory Committee, holding Forest and Farmlands Tours, and a 10th Anniversary Gala in partnership with the City of Edmonton.
Names our moose mascot môswa, which is the Cree word for moose.
Secures EALT’s first Conservation Easement, in Parkland County
Secures the Smith Blackburn Homestead (in Lamont County)