There are 8 Goals the OWC is addressing, based on extensive stakeholder consultations over quite a period of time. We are moving from PLANNING to ACTION as we continue to liaise with all the stakeholder groups involved.
The OWC is focusing on the Dutch Creek Pilot Project and Engaging Recreationists as our contribution to implementing the HAP (Headwaters Action Plan). We are also coordinating the efforts of our partners to maximize efficiency and effectiveness. https://oldmanwatershed-council.squarespace.com/headwaters-action-plan/
You may recognize Rob from photos of the many volunteer hours he has given to the OWC in activities ranging from helping out at a film shoot to moving office to setting up and talking to the public at OWC events.
So far, we have introduced you to: Thomas Porter, Ryan Bell, and Nicola Spencer. Now Rob Taylor completes the team who will be working under our Eduction Manager, Sofie Forsstrom. You will see our crew out and about this summer as part of OWC's Engaging Recreationists Project. The team will have training this upcoming week and begin work at the start of May 2016. Stay tuned for great photos and reports about their work this summer!
There's a slideshow, links, and even a podcast about this project on our website: https://oldmanwatershed-council.squarespace.com/projects-list/engaging-recreationalists
It's our pleasure to introduce Rob:
Rob Taylor grew up near Turner Valley, Alberta. His father was an outfitter and Hunting Guide who operated out of the Elbow Valley in Kananaskis Country. This meant that his summers were often spent helping his father guide trail rides far into the mountains. These early experiences anchor his deep love of the Eastern Slopes and headwaters of southern Alberta. Rob continues to hike, hunt, fish, paddle, and ride his way all over Alberta.
Rob received his BSc in Physical Geography from the University of Saskatchewan in the spring of 2014. He has previously worked for an environmental consulting company, the University of Lethbridge, Alberta Sustainable Resource Development, and a Bow Point Nursery, a native plant nursery, west of Calgary. Rob is very passionate about native plants and has turned a hobby into a business of his own. In fact, he started Oxbow Native Plants Ltd this spring and hopes to supply native plants and seed to the retail market in Lethbridge.
He also worked as a Crew Leader for the youth work experience program Alberta Junior Forest Rangers for 3 summers. Rob is bringing this rich background in environmental education and community outreach to the OWC team - welcome, Rob!
For great photos and insights into the work our Outreach Assistants did last summer, see: https://www.flickr.com/photos/130716966@N07/albums/72157660160204805