Green Acreages Guide Workshops
Ownership of small acreages, hobby farms and recreational properties is growing. Increasingly, these property owners are searching for information on how best to manage their properties in a sustainable manner.
The Green Acreages Guide resources were developed especially for acreage, hobby farm and recreational property owners, to help them develop and implement stewardship practices that conserve and protect the valuable natural assets, such as air, land, water, wildlife, associated with their properties.
The Green Acreages Guide Workbook will:
- Increase acreage owners’ knowledge of appropriate land and natural resource management practices.
- Support acreage owners in completing a resource inventory and planning exercise, and develop short and long‑term stewardship goals for their property.
- Help acreage owners identify strategies to best manage the natural assets on their land.
- Assist acreage owners to gain an awareness and understanding of relevant bylaws and regulations.
- Provide acreage owners with additional stewardship resources and contact information.
The LSWC and our local municipalities are partnering up to host 2 Green Acreage Workshops in the Lesser Slave Watershed this spring. LSWC staff will deliver a presentation based on the Green Acreage workbook and Participants will receive their own copy of the Green Acreages Binder. Our hope is to help Acreage owners in our watershed better manage their natural assets.
The Lesser Slave Watershed Council is partnering with Nature Alberta to once again bring the Living by Water Homesite Consultation program to the region this summer 2015. This program targets interested shoreline residents and connects them with a trained Consultant that will provide participants with information about the ecology of Lesser Slave Lake, associated environmental concerns and also gives recommendations on how they as landowners can reduce their impact on the health of the lake. The Consultation process is completely free and confidential for participants.
Previously, the LSWC and the Alberta Conservation Team brought the Living by Water program to residents within the watershed in the summer of 2009. During July and August of 2009, with the support of the Lesser Slave Watershed Council, ACT successfully delivered 20 home site consultations in Shaw’s Point, Joussard, Canyon Creek, Widewater/Wagner and Marten Beach. In August 2014 the Nature Alberta staff visited 6 residents int he lakeshore hamlet of Joussard, AB.
Check out the report with the findings of the Lesser Slave Lake homesite consultations.
Nature Alberta – Living By Lakes Webpage: http://naturealberta.ca/programs/living-by-water/
What is a Consultation?
- The consultation focuses on 5 topics: shoreline vegetation, build structures, yard, house and boating.
- Local lake stewardship champions promote the program and book appointments for the consultations.
- Nature AB Staff‐ trained by the Living by Water initiative ‐ conduct one‐on‐one consultations with residents.
- Homeowner receive information about personalized and voluntary actions they can engage in to improve the health of their lake.
- Homeowners are invited to share ideas for promoting the program at open houses and local events.
If you are interested in finding out more about the Living by Lakes program, or would like to see it come back to your area…. please get in touch with the LSWC Watershed Coordinator, Megan Graham to discuss options and get more information. Feel free to contact our office at 780 523 9800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Fishing Line Recycling Stations
The LSWC applied to Alberta EcoTrust for funding to kick off this project. The project involved construction of recycling receptacles and design of an interpretive sign which together are mounted on a sign post and installed at all lake and river access points. The recycling vessels are made of pvc plumbing pipe and are simple to construct and the interpretive sign makes it obvious as to what they are for.
The monofilament (fishing line) is collected from recycling bins and cleaned of hooks, leaders, weights, and trash by volunteers. It is then shipped to the Berkley Pure Fishing Company in Iowa. Berkley melts the line down into raw plastic pellets that can be made into other plastic products including tackle boxes, spools for line, fish habitats, and toys. It is not made into more monofilament line.
The LSWC staff and volunteers are responsible for the upkeep and emptying the receptacles at least once per year. As if the summer of 2013 we have installed over 25 across our watershed. They are located at the access points of Lesser Slave Lake as well as at Winagami Lake, the South Heart River reservoir, Fawcett Lake, Edith Lake, Chrystina Lake, and on the Lesser Slave River.