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Talk will look at the future of Alberta’s Eastern Slopes

Ghost Valley community to host Y2Y in a discussion about Alberta's Eastern Slopes

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR EVENT ON THURSDAY, MAR. 23

March 22, 2017 – The Ghost Valley community will host Stephen Legault of Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) on Thursday, Mar. 23 at the Beaupre Community Hall to speak on the future of Alberta’s Eastern Slopes. Legault is Y2Y’s program director for the Crown, Alberta and N.W.T. and has been active in conservation in Alberta for 25 years.

The Ghost Valley region has been the centre of controversy over logging for the last three years. Alongside community leaders, Legault will discuss the future of watershed conservation along Alberta’s Eastern Slopes.

In December of 2016 Y2Y issued an eight-point call to action following the passage of Motion 511 in the Alberta Legislature. This statement included requests for new rules to stop clearcutting south of the Ghost River including all of Kananaksis Country, an end to new road constructions and a focus on developing a restoration economy for Alberta. For more information on Y2Y’s call to action click here.

“The Ghost River community has been through many challenges the last few years,” says Legault. “It’s a time for people to work together to ask themselves what the Eastern Slopes future should look like.” Legault will lead a discussion about what a post-industrial forestry model might look like for the southern Eastern Slopes, drawing on his work with other communities around the Yellowstone to Yukon region.

“Almost 200 cities worldwide protect their upstream watersheds so that these landscapes can provide high quality water resources,” says Ghost River resident Sharon McDonald, host of the evening. “While cities such as Portland, Seattle, Vancouver and New York City protect their upstream watersheds, Calgary and Alberta still have work to do in this regard.”

For more information or to attend Thursday’s meeting, please contact ghostvalleycommunity@gmail.com or 403-200-1290. The event begins at 7 p.m.

For more information on Y2Y visit y2y.net