New ABMI Report on Biodiversity Health in Northeast Alberta Forest Management Agreement Area

ABMIA new ABMI report “The Status of Biodiversity in Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries Inc. Forest Management Agreement Area” examines how the current condition of biodiversity and human footprint changed in the Al-Pac Forest Management Agreement (Al-Pac FMA) area between 1999 and 2012. This new study represents the ABMI’s first update on the status of biodiversity for an administrative unit; a preliminary assessment of the Al-Pac FMA area was completed in 2009. Located in northeastern Alberta, the Al-Pac FMA area is predominantly forested and covers about 10% of Alberta’s land base. Between 1999 and 2013, ABMI’s monitoring efforts found that human footprint increased by 3.1%, such that 7.5% of the Al-Pac FMA area had been transformed by human activity as of 2013. Most of this increase was the result of forestry, which increased from 2.5% to 4.8% over this time frame.

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Family Centre & McDonald’s Restaurants Annual Charity Gala and Auction | Lethbridge | March 17, 2016

Family-CentreWe support the community. Every year we ask the community to support us. Ronald McDonald House Southern Alberta provides a home away from home for out-of-town families with sick children receiving medical attention in a Calgary hospital. The House has grown and changed since opening and the purpose remains the same – keeping families together in a compassionate and comfortable, home-like atmosphere. Family Centre believes that healthy children and healthy families mean healthy communities. Our shared purpose has created a strong partnership between Lethbridge McDonald’s Restaurants and Family Centre. Together we launch the McHappy season through an annual Charity Gala and Auction and top it off with McHappy Day in May. 80% of the Gala proceeds go to Family Centre and 20% go to Ronald McDonald House Southern Alberta.

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Alberta Historical Resources Foundation Announces Grants in Support of Preserving Alberta’s History and Stories

HistoricalHeritage projects that are preserving local landmarks and the stories of Alberta’s past are getting a boost with provincial funding through the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation (AHRF). From restoring Mayerthorpe’s iconic Alberta Wheat Pool grain elevator to researching the history of Fort Macleod’s historic buildings, 61 projects across the province will share in more than $790,000 in grants through the foundation’s Heritage Preservation Partnership Program. A sample of projects receiving AHRF funding support include: Sir Alexander Galt Hospital/Galt Museum and Archives in Lethbridge, an Oral History Project focused on the community of Mill Woods in Edmonton, All Saints Anglican Church in Cherry Point in Northern Alberta, and the Lacombe Home at St Mary’s University in Calgary. 

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Conference on Wilderness, Wildlife, and Human Interaction | Cochrane, Alberta | March 5 – 6, 2016

EcologyThrough speaker sessions, a film festival, art exhibit and innovative technology displays, Wilderness, Wildlife and Human Interactions Conference, a not-for-profit event, will examine a way forward in the interaction of humans and wilderness and wildlife. Features presentations by Robert Bateman, John Donihee, Francis First Charger of the Kainai, Paula Fairfield, Andrew Nikiforuk and Charlie Russell.   Robert Bateman, an interpreter of nature for the past 60 years, will make a presentation at the dinner on March 5. The Conference is intended to provide a path forward in helping to maintain our environment, our social structure and our economy.  The conference host, the Cochrane Research Institute, concentrates on research on environmental issues and does not participate in political lobbying.

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