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I would like to thank everyone who participated in and attended our Annual General Meeting. We were lucky enough to have great weather to enjoy a bluebird tour by Lone Pine Hall. This month we are getting ready to complete our stewardship and monitoring at the five properties that have completed conservation easements with Legacy! 
Enjoy the newsletter! - Owen Rodger
Image of Savannah Sparrow by Gerry Good

Volunteer Opportunity

Owl Ridge (Water Valley)
Located just 5 minutes away from Winchell Lake
Thursday July 18
10:00 AM-12:00 PM (with a walk following)


Get ready for our Buttercup Blitz! Lend a hand removing and bagging the noxious weed Tall Buttercup. Join us for controlling invasive species, a tour of the conservation property and meet some of our circle of friends.  We look forward to seeing you there! There is limited space, RSVP to Jordan to save your spot. jordan@legacylandtrustsociety.ca
  
Tall Buttercup Image from Alberta Invasive Species Council 

Meet Our New
Jr.
Environmental 
Conservationist 


We are excited to announce that Jordan will be joining us as a summer student over the next two months!

Jordan Collin grew up in Mountain View County and has been captivated since a young age by the natural beauty in Central Alberta and beyond. He brings to Legacy a lifetime of experience in the outdoors, a strong compassion for the biotic and abiotic natural world, and a willingness to learn even more about our communities’ connection to our extraordinary ecosystem.

This summer Jordan will be around the Legacy office as well as checking a few summits in the Eastern Rockies off of his “to-hike” list, before returning to B.C. in September, to complete a BSc. in Environmental Chemistry from Thompson Rivers University.

Riparian Areas

As part of our Water Quality and You program we have been having discussions with landowners along the Red Deer River. Riparian areas play a special role in this as transitional zones between terrestrial and aquatic areas. 

Cows and Fish has developed a scorecard to measure the health of a riparian area. Even if you haven't received training on riparian health assessments you can take out the scorecard and get a good idea of the indicators of healthy riparian areas. 

Here is a link to a fact sheet on the assessment and inventory

Here is are more riparian resources courtesy of Cows and Fish  

Riparian Area Image by Cows and Fish
 

Weed Profile -
Tall Buttercup


Tall Buttercup is an invasive species in Mountain View County and area. If cows and other grazing animals eat this plant it can cause blistering of the skin, mouth and digestive tract. The invasion of this plant will have two effects; the first is a reduction in pasture productivity, the second is increased grazing of palatable species.  This invasive species is commonly found in wet areas however its population will decrease during dry years. 

Here is a link to the fact sheet provided by the Alberta Invasive Species Council 

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