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Healthy Waters Public Open House - Owl River Rec Centre

  • Date: 08/04/2021 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM  

Healthy Waters Open House 

Stefanie Fenson, B.Sc., Alberta Conservation Association (ACA) - Stefanie Fenson is a Senior Biologist with the ACA, primarily working in the Land Program, and has coordinated riparian projects across the province. As a recognized land trust, ACA holds title and manages over 200,000 acres of conservation lands that are open to the public on foot, for activities like hunting, fishing, and hiking. Lands are managed with a recognition that various stakeholders are not mutually exclusive and finding a balance is the key to great stewardship. Stefanie will be presenting on the theme of “Connecting land and water: Healthy riparian areas”. The Owl River is the primary spawning river for Lac La Biche walleye, and while walleye populations appear to be recovering, there is still more work to do. This presentation will focus on ACA’s riparian projects, the tools we have available to help landowners and leaseholders reach their conservation goals, and their current projects on the Owl River.

Kerri O’Shaughnessy, B.Sc., Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society (Cows & Fish) - Kerri O’Shaughnessy is a Riparian Specialist with Cows & Fish. In this role she works with a variety of landowners and organizations to better understand riparian areas - the highly productive, sensitive but resilient water loving zones of the landscape – and the benefits they provide, as well as acknowledging that living, working and playing near water is not without its challenges. Continuing with the theme of “Connecting land and water: Healthy riparian areas”, Kerri will present on a variety of riparian management options, techniques and principles relevant to agriculture, lake living, and living with beavers.  It will also highlight how to see if riparian areas are healthy and performing all of the valuable functions they can do for us.  


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