We work with individuals and communities to conserve land’s ecological, agricultural and heritage values. We do this through conservation planning, education and awareness, and stewardship.
Communities that share a commitment to conservation and stewardship of locally valued landscapes.
A Partnership for Conservation
Established in 2013 as a registered non-profit charity, we work with landowners to conserve and steward ecologically, agriculturally and historically valued lands.
Based in Olds, Alberta, our first conservation project was in Mountain View County. Interest in a locally based land trust has grown each year and we’re now working with landowners in Red Deer County, Lacombe County and other surrounding municipalities.
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.