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.

In Memoriam

SALTS is very sad to have unexpectedly lost Francis Gardner on June 26. Francis was one of SALTS' founding directors and our first Board President, serving in that role for many years. He was not only instrumental in creating SALTS but played a much broader role in efforts to conserve our native grasslands and ranching heritage. He was a key spokesperson in high profile efforts to protect Alberta's eastern slopes from development and he and his family were recognized with awards for environmental stewardship on their own ranch. He was ahead of his time and helped to bring many along with him to share in his vision of a healthy grassland ecosystem alongside a healthy ranching industry. His passion, energy, and sense of humour will be sorely missed but his vision will be carried on in the work of SALTS for years to come.

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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.

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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 © 2016 Southern Alberta Land Trust Society       Photo: Alan Gardner