Living in the Natural Environment is an annual forum, trade show and dinner that brings together 100-150 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.


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February 3, 2017 
Cochrane RancheHouse, Cochrane Alberta

Event Poster

Climate Change & Forest Change – The Impacts On Our Waters
Dr. John Pomeroy will discuss 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. He will touch on downstream water management of mountain forests, changes that have occurred in the Bow River Basin and possible ways to mitigate these changes.

Beavers In Our Landscapelorne-fitch
Lorne Fitch will present 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. The presentation will include information on beaver biology and ecology, their role in watershed function and health and thoughts on beaver management.

Complete Presentation Abstract and Speaker Bios

Past Events

The Importance of Connected Landscapes in Alberta’s Eastern Slopes

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. Research conducted in the surrounding area was presented to demonstrate the challenges and solutions to maintaining landscape connectivity.

Between Rock and Hard Places: Wolverines in Multi-use Landscapes of Alberta

Dr Tony Clevenger described his ongoing surveys occurring over the last 5 years coordinated with provincial and national parks and research institutions in Alberta, BC and the US. His research provided science-based information on a ‘sentinel’ species and will inform ongoing and future land use planning decisions in the Rockies and across the Eastern Slopes of Alberta.

The Flood, Land Uses, and Landscape of the Upper Bow River: Causes, Consequences, and Risk Mitigation

Dr. Brad Stelfox will discuss the recently completed Phase 3 study of the Upper Bow River Basin and provide a glimpse into the future of landuses that define that basin. The 2013 flood events will be used to highlight the importance of incorporating the best available data for future conversations of landuse.

Biology and Conservation of Alberta Bats

Cory Olson will present an overview of the amazing diversity of bats found in the province and throughout the world, and discuss why bats are a critical component of the ecosystem and human economy. The many conservation challenges this group faces will also be discussed.

Feral Horse Ecology within Albertas Eastern Slopes

Dr. Edward W. Bork will present an overview of what we know about feral horses in Alberta, including information on habitat use, dietary preferences, relationships to range use, and potential conflicts with other uses (cattle grazing and forestry).

Being Aware of What Is Around You

Peter Sherrington will use examples and photos of his work on Golden Eagle migrations to address how we can all become more aware of what is happening around us in all parts of nature and how that awareness can be used to help effect positive changes.

High Stakes: Food and Farming

Dr. Roger Epp will present a proposal for using an alternative model of food security that reaffirms the local farmers skill and knowledge in a return to more human-scale agriculture.

The Zen of Fish and Watersheds

Lorne Fitch will discuss the ripples that extend outward from a pebble dropped in a stream containing native trout inevitably find us. What has happened, and what is happening to native fish in the headwaters of southern Alberta rivers? Why would we, should we, care?