East Slopes Collaborative


The Eastern Slopes of Alberta are a treasured landscape. They provide important economic, ecological and social benefits to Albertans. They have long been recognized in policy as deserving of special management status. However, over the past few decades competing demands for resources (agriculture, forestry, mining, and oil and gas), access for recreation, residential development, and water use have resulted in habitat loss and fragmentation, species at risk of extinction and compromised watersheds.

Current policies and plans (including the recent South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (SSRP)), contain some positive overarching direction, however there is a need for stronger commitments to ensure environmental objectives are met. The absence of a comprehensive conservation plan and vision that is supported by Alberta’s network of conservation organizations has hampered our ability to effectively contribute to land use policy and plans. ENGOs have recognized that a common vision and plan for conservation is needed so that we can work together with government and other stakeholders to effectively steward the East Slopes and inform the implementation of the SSRP.

As a coordinated group- the Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society - Southern Alberta, the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, the Miistakis Institute and the Southern Alberta Land Trust Society - the collaborative will create a bold, detailed, proactive land use vision for public and private lands along Alberta’s East Slopes that prioritizes conservation, so that we can work more strategically to change policy and realize landscape protection and management.

We wish to thank the Calgary Foundation for their generous support of this project.

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Transportation Ecology

GIS for Conservation

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Private Land Conservation

Citizen Science for Conservation

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