Holding the Reins 2016

Holding the Reins 2016 was held on March 10th at the Fort Macleod Community Hall. The event was a great success, with a turnout of over 100 people, 40 of which were students from the Lethbridge College Ag Sciences program. The audience was immersed in the knowledge of presenters who spoke about everything from farm sustainability, protecting land using conservation easements, to the future of land use in the Porcupine Hills.

Thank you to our generous sponsors:
Alberta Beef Producers, Meyers Norris Penny, Kasko Cattle Co.
and the Government of Alberta.

By request, we have included the PowerPoint presentations below, as well as several articles published by the Lethbridge Herald:

Highlights from the 2016 Agenda

9am – 9:10am – Dwayne Rogness,
Introduction to Holding the Reins

9:10am – 9:30am - Shannon Frank, OWC Executive Director: Oldman Watershed Council Accomplishments and Update

9:30 – 10am - Cody Spencer, Watershed Legacy Program: Past, Present and Future

10am – 10:30am – Gerald Vandervalk, VXV Ranch: ABP Environmental Stewardship Award 2016


11am – 11:30am - Paul Watson, Environmental Farm Plan: The Next Big Thing in Agriculture: Sustainable Sourcing

11:30am – 12pm - Heather Sinton, Alberta Environment & Parks – Land and Environmental Planning: Working Toward a Lighter Footprint in Our Watershed

12pm – 1pm - Lunch - Kristi Stebanuk – Cows & Fish digital stories

1pm – 1:30pm - Justin Thompson, Southern Alberta Land Trust Society (SALTS): Private Land Conservation Strategies in the Oldman Headwaters

1:30pm – 2pm – Dr. Barry Olson, Alberta Agriculture & Forestry – Water Quality Branch: Alberta Phosphorus Watershed Project

2pm – 2:30pm – Ken Lewis & Christine Campbell, ALUS: A Mechanism Where Society Can Pay Agricultural Producers for the Ecosystem Services They Produce

Click on the links below to view:

Easements a solution for conservation

Environmental farm plans can help demand for sustainable sourcing

LC students benefit from seminar

What happens upstream is felt downstream