Living in the Natural Environment

Annual Forum

Living in the Natural Environment is an annual forum, trade show and dinner that brings together 100 to 150 members of the rural and small urban community, government, and non-agricultural rural residents to gather together and initiate discussion. Topics are intended to be thought provoking, interesting and relevant to the surrounding landscape and the people that live there.

Past Forum Events

  1. 2013 - High Stakes: Food & Farming

    Dr. Roger Epp presented a proposal for using an alternative model of food security.

  2. 2013 - Zen of Fish & Watersheds

    Lorne Fitch discussed how the ripples that extend outward from a pebble dropped in a stream containing native trout, inevitably find us.

  3. 2014 - Being Aware of What Is Around You

    Peter Sherrington used examples of his work on Golden Eagle migrations to address how we can all become more aware of what is happening around us.

  4. 2014 - Feral Horse Ecology

    Dr. Edward W. Bork presented an overview of what we know about feral horses in Alberta.

  5. 2015 - Biology & Conservation of Alberta Bats

    Cory Olson presented an overview of the amazing diversity of bats found in the province and throughout the world.

  6. 2015 - Flood, Land Use & Landscape

    Dr. Brad Stelfox discussed the recently completed Phase 3 study of the Upper Bow River Basin and provide a glimpse into the future of land uses that define that basin.

  7. 2016 - Connected Landscapes in Alberta

    Dr Michael Quinn’s presentation discussed how the process of fragmentation can be detrimental to the flows of ecological processes such as wildlife movement, hydrologic function and nutrient cycling.

  8. 2016 - Wolverines in Multi-Use Landscapes

    Dr. Tony Clevenger described his ongoing surveys occurring over the last 5 years coordinated with provincial and national parks and research institutions in Alberta, B.C. and the U.S.

  9. 2017 - Beavers In Our Landscape

    Lorne Fitch presented on the Beaver and how these natural engineers and dam builders can be aggravating and helpful, costly and beneficial depending on one’s perspective, interest and understanding.

  10. 2017 - Climate Change & Forest Change

    Dr. John Pomeroy discussed the changes in mountain snow and glacial regimes that are rapidly occurring in many parts of the world and how this is already impacting downstream water security.