Dedicated to Conservation
Established in 2013, Legacy is a registered non-profit charity devoted to conserving and stewarding land in Mountain View County, Red Deer County, Lacombe County and other surrounding municipalities. Legacy is overseen by a volunteer board of directors who set policies and guide the organization.
Legacy’s goal is to conserve ecologically, agriculturally and historically valued lands. Since land means different things to different people, Legacy works with landowners to help them conserve what they value.
While Legacy is a land trust, the society also holds in trust the less tangible aspects that flow from the land such as inspiration, appreciation, and well-being.
The Challenge of Conservation
Mountain View County, in central Alberta, boasts some of the most picturesque areas and fertile farmland in Alberta. Over time, development pressure has eroded some of these valued lands.
Other than participating in the County’s public hearings, there was little landowners could do to conserve these areas. It was from their concerns that an effort grew to create a land trust.
In the mid-2000s, the County supported a community engagement process to create an independent, regionally based land trust.
Legacy Land Trust Takes Root
A county employee, Candace Banack, discovered in her master’s research that a regional land trust based in Mountain View County would be viable. Upon receiving the results, the County was interested in working with a community group to establish a local land trust.
Eagle Hill area landowner, Jim Smith, took up this challenge and volunteered to engage others in the formation of an advisory group. This advisory group laid the groundwork for a Board of Directors to be formed in 2013 and in 2015 Legacy Land Trust Society (Legacy) became a registered charity.
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