The Edmonton and Area Land Trust is a non-profit organization dedicated to conserving vital natural areas in the Edmonton region. These natural areas provide essential habitat for wild species and crucial opportunities for local residents to connect with nature, as well as many environmental benefits. To advance local environmental stewardship and conservation, EALT also works to inform the public about important conservation issues.
The Edmonton and Area Land Trust has envisions an Edmonton region where natural area systems are valued, preserved for future generations and play a key role in the social, economic and environmental life of the residents of the area.
The values that will guide the operations of the land trust will be focused on a respect for nature based on its intrinsic value and the value of its ecological goods and services, best management practices in all its operations, a commitment to meet the needs and be accountable to the community and leadership in innovative partnership building in the process of planning and delivering its land conservation programs.
To achieve our mission, the Edmonton and Area Land Trust has established a number of specific goals developed through extensive public discussions to guide its operations.
The purpose of EALT is to:
conserve, protect and restore natural areas of ecological significance in Edmonton and the surrounding area, including water resources, cultural heritage landscapes, natural corridors and appropriate natural interconnections by acquiring or otherwise securing land (including conservation easements) or by funding the acquisition or securement of land (including conservation easements)
receive and maintain a fund or funds and apply those funds to secure and manage land and support the educational outreach and operations of the land trust
advance environmentally sound stewardship among landowners in the Edmonton area and increase their understanding of the ecological value of natural area systems conservation and stewardship pertaining to the area by, among other things, offering seminars, courses, conferences, meetings and programs in connection with land conservation and stewardship
increase the public’s understanding of natural areas conservation in the Edmonton region through communication activities and selected outreach and education programs
encourage, conduct and fund research as required for understanding the conservation and stewardship of natural area systems and to support land conservation or securement decisions within the greater Edmonton area and disseminate the results of such research to interested parties.