The Alberta Centre for Sutainable Rural Communities (ACSRC) Presents:
A free public talk with Lee Foote, Director, Devonian Botanic Garden entitled: “Why are Alberta’s Wetlands disappearing? What shall we do?” on Monday, November 28, 2011 at 12:30 PM in the Dr. Roger Epp Conference Room, University of Alberta – Augustana Campus. Refreshments will be provided.
Only 30% of Alberta’s prairie wetlands remain, river flows and lake levels are dropping and city wetlands are being replaced with storm water management ponds. What is it about our society that can let this happen? Is it lack of understanding of wetland values? Missing awareness of losses? Inadequate political will to provide wetland protection?
In this free public talk, Lee Foote, Director, Devonian Botanic Garden, will first provide a simple overview of the suite of crucial services that wetlands provide then describe some of the Alberta threats to wetlands and a simple field project we undertook to examine people’s perceptions of wetlands. The results are surprising.
The talk will conclude with a description of a better way forward in the education and policy realm that may help keep wetlands, ecosystem function, and wetland dependent wildlife on the landscape in the future.
Lee Foote is an Associate Professor in the Department of Renewable Resources. Though he is a wetland ecologist and wildlife biologist by training, the research portfolio he supervises is diverse encompassing projects that range from Trumpeter Swan recovery to Botswana ungulate ecology, oil sands reclamation to Lake Sturgeon habitat use, wetland policy to environmental education. He has recently accepted a 5-year posting as the Director of the Devonian Botanic Garden where he will continue his wetland plant research and help build the research and education programs at the Garden. In his presentation he will discuss the way that wetlands are valued (or not) for biophysical, ecological, economic and alternative land use reasons.
Date: Monday, November 28, 2011
Time: 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Location: Dr. Roger Epp Conference Room
Contact the ACSRC for more info p: 780.679.1672 e: firstname.lastname@example.org