When Edmonton Community Foundation was approached in 2007 regarding the formation of the Edmonton and Area Land Trust (EALT), the Foundation recognized an opportunity. The formation of a not-for-profit regional land trust would be an effective vehicle for conserving natural environments in Edmonton and the surrounding areas for future generations.
Together with five founding community partners, Edmonton Community Foundation offered its support and expertise to the land trust, which works to protect land permanently by:
- land acquisition through purchase or donation,
- conservation easements, and
- education and stewardship.
EALT works in partnership with governments and other not-for-profit organizations to achieve its goals. The land trust also works with other partners such as communities, schools and individual landowners to enhance habitat protection on private land – making everyone part of the solution.
In addition to the Foundation, EALT founding partners are: