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During this time of self-isolation, many people are out enjoying nature. This is a great opportunity to reflect on the nature around you and the role it has played in your life—whether it’s your weekend retreat, workplace or where you raise your family. In these uncertain times it can be particularly beneficial to your health to experience nature.

To protect landscapes, as a society, we have to agree that these lands are important to us. An easy way to achieve this is by creating the opportunities for others to fall in love with the land the same way we have—by experiencing it.

Stay healthy.

Owen Rodger
Conservation Coordinator

Board Nominations

Conserving special places now means our children and grandhildren will also be able to enjoy them.

Would you like to help Legacy continue its conservation work?
Based in Olds, AB, Legacy Land Trust Society is seeking volunteer board members to serve a three-year term starting June 2020.

Our goal is to conserve ecologically, agriculturally and historically important lands in Mountain View County and adjacent jurisdictions.

If you're enthusiastic, active, hands-on and interested in conservation, we'd like to hear from you. We'll post more details on our website next week.

Please send your resume and cover letter to: by April 30th, 2020. 
Capturing Winter

Photographer Peter Kleinloog caught this red-breasted nuthatch with his lens on the next-to-last day of March.

These small birds live year-round in Alberta. They prefer coniferous trees, like spruce and pine, moving up, down and around the trunk searching for spiders and insects under the bark.

They'll also come to winter feeders for sunflower seeds and suet.

What have you and your camera caught recently? A call to photographers for Legacy's 2021 calendar will go out later in April. Now is a good time to capture winter scenes and critters.

Eco-friendly Land Stewardship

Fire Smart? Not so much.

Wildfire, although a natural process and integral to maintaining healthy ecosystems, is terrifying to those of us who live in or adjacent to the forest.

Alberta Environmental Protections’s FireSmart Manual is a helpful set of principles and guidelines to aid us in making our homes and property less vulnerable to the catastrophic consequences of wildfire.

FireSmart recommendations include:

  • Create a fuel-free space within a 10 m radius of your building including removal of flammable trees and shrubs (particularly coniferous species), woody debris.  Don’t store firewood in this zone and keep grass mowed and watered.
  • Reduce fuels 10-to-30 m from your building by thinning and pruning trees and removing thick shrubbery and deadfall.
  • Reduce fire intensity potential from 30-to-100 m from your building by thinning or reducing understory shrubs and trees particularly more flammable coniferous species.
  • Use fire-resistant building materials. Avoid wood products as much as possible.
  • If using a burn barrel, make sure it is at least 3 m from anything combustible and covered with 8-to-16 mm mesh. Better yet, bring your debris to your local landfill site for safer disposal.

It might be tempting to apply FireSmart principles beyond 100 m from your building. However, healthy understory and the presence of woody and other debris is important for biodiversity including small mammals, ground-nesting birds, insects and native plants.  

We can balance FireSmart and ecologically friendly land stewardship. By leaving the understory and debris more than 100 m from your building intact you will be contributing to conserving biodiversity.

Doug Collister
Legacy Board Member

White-Nose Syndrome in Bats

Untold numbers of North American bats have died because of white-nose syndrome (WNS), a fungal infection that gets its name from the fuzzy white coating that appears on a bat’s wings, face, and nose.

The fungus, Pseudogymnoascus destructans, thrives in the cold and moist locations frequented by many hibernating bats.

READ MORE on our website...

Sandy Easterbrook / Canada Goose
Wayne Green / Exploring the Creek
Peter Kleinloog / Red-breasted Nuthatch
Sally Banks / Forest Fire Smoke
Alberta Government / Bat
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