Ecological Conservancy in Alberta


Conserving Water, Wildlife and our Western Heritage

The Southern Alberta Land Trust Society (SALTS) is a locally-based charitable non-profit society dedicated to protecting the environmental, productive, scenic and cultural values of southern Alberta's grasslands, woodlands, and wetlands, both along the Eastern Slopes and in our prairie regions. This closely matches the drainage area of the South Saskatchewan River.

SALTS was organized under the belief that the most effective and lasting conservation solutions both originate and are maintained at the community level. We work to accomplish this by empowering individuals with the necessary tools and vision.

Far Ranging Value

The foothills and prairie regions of southern Alberta function are a critical ecosystem. The native grasslands, woodlands, wetlands and willow brush harbour many species of birds and animals, some endangered. It is also about water, being a headwater for the South Saskatchewan River system. Here snowmelt and high rainfall, processed by the dark soil and stored in sandstone aquifers, keeps the prairie rivers flowing throughout the year. Protecting this ecosystem from excessive development will benefit us all.

While this landscape looks healthy it is nevertheless under significant ongoing threats from residential, mining, electrical transmission, natural gas, intensive agriculture, and other development projects. Science says that if we don't act quickly we will likely lose the value of this landscape forever.

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We depend on the financial support of our members and friends to carry out our conservation work. Your personal donation can result in a matching donation from government and corporate programs.


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Report Released:
A Future Worth Protecting

The final report of the Southern Foothills Study, Phase Three, titled 'A Future Worth Protecting' is now available.

Download a copy
from the SFS Report Section.


Fall News

Award for Conservation


SALTS was recognized by the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative in a shared award for conservation in the Waterton and Castle areas.

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Contents © 2015 Southern Alberta Land Trust Society       Photo: Alan Gardner