Landscape-Scale Prioritization Process for Private Land Conservation in Alberta

Sean Ryan, Lorelei Hanson, Mike Gismondi

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There are 12 conservation land trust organizations (CLTOs) in the province of Alberta, Canada that actively steward land. Together they have protected over 1.09 million hectares of land. Using in-depth interview data with published documents on CLTOs, this paper examines how CLTOs make decisions as to which projects to pursue and the kinds of justifications they offer for the projects they have completed. We identify 13 aspects that such a decision-making process should contain. The CLTOs studied have, to some degree, incorporated 7 of them. The remaining 6 aspects could easily be contributing substantially to some of the main the challenges identified in both the literature and our own research regarding private land conservation. Consequently, we recommend developing a robust landscape-scale approach to private land conservation, communicating that approach to all CLTOs, and increasing cooperation among CLTOs and between them and government.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-114
Number of pages12
JournalHuman Ecology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb. 2014


  • Alberta
  • Conservation
  • Land trusts
  • Landscape ecology
  • Private land conservation


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