Sustainability Projects


One of the pillars of the CRSB’s mandate is to facilitate sustainability projects that help advance the continuous improvement for sustainability of the Canadian beef industry.  These projects will build on the strategies and goals of the sustainability benchmarking assessments and support the sustainability outcomes of the CRSB’s Verification Framework.

PROJECT 1:

CRSB Enters Partnership that Collaborates with Ranchers to Maintain & Enhance Wildlife Habitat

Over 1000 species make their home on Canadian rangelands, their habitat regularly overlapping with agricultural landscapes, particularly livestock grazing operations.  Existing producer management is often what has allowed the species to persist, but there are supplementary opportunities to further enhance the habitat quality for wildlife species on those lands.

The CRSB, through federal funding from the Species at Risk Partnerships on Agricultural Lands Program (SARPAL), is partnering with member organizations, MultiSAR, Cows and Fish Alberta Habitat Management Society, Alberta Beef Producers and the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association on a five year project to increase, maintain and improve wildlife habitat within the Grassland Natural Region of Alberta.

The project is delivered by Cows and Fish and MultiSAR in partnership with voluntary producers through knowledge sharing, habitat assessments, development of voluntary habitat conservation plans and subsequent implementation and monitoring of beneficial management practices.

The project covers 65,000 acres in Southern Alberta and works with ranchers from the Saskatchewan border through to the Alberta Foothills. Habitat enhancement include things such as water development projects, wildlife friendly fencing, and development of specific habitat through structures such as hawk poles.

**This project helps to address Goals 3 & 4 identified in the National Beef Sustainability Assessment and Strategy (see below)

Grasslands in the Alberta Foothills

Grasslands management by ranchers enhances wildlife habitat for species like this snake.
Endangered Greater Short-Horned Lizard found in southern Alberta in badlands habitat and on coulee slopes.

Loggerhead Shrikes, also known as "butcher birds" are a Threatened Species that use barbed wire and thorny shrubs to impale their prey.
Livestock watering system reduces pressure by cattle on lowland areas, enhancing habitat for species at risk.

Example of a hawk pole installed through the MultiSAR program with young ferruginous hawks in the nest.
CRSB Member Project Partners:

MultiSAR is an Alberta-based habitat stewardship program that works with producers to maintain or improve habitat for Species at Risk, and assist with species recovery usain solutions that are compatible with agricultural operations.  MultiSAR is a collaboration between Alberta Conservation Association, the Government of Alberta and the Prairie Conservation Forum.

Cows and Fish: The Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society, known as Cows and Fish, is a voluntary organization focused on improving appreciation for and awareness of, riparian areas and their management by fostering riparian stewardship.

 

Canadian Cattlemen’s Association is the national voice of Canada’s 68,500 beef farms.  Its structure represents every phase of the production system including the purebred, cow/calf, backgrounding and feedlot sectors.  The CCA was founded by producers and is led by a producer-elected board of directors from across Canada.

Alberta Beef Producers is run by producers for producers, representing the collective interest of close to 19,000 beef producers, and is dedicated to maintaining a truly sustainable, competitive industry for the benefit of all Albertans.


Thank you to our funding partners for supporting this project:

“Funding was received from Environment and Climate Change Canada through the Species At Risk Partnership on Agricultural Lands (SARPAL) Funding stream.”

National Beef Sustainability Assessment and Strategy

The National Beef Sustainability Assessment (NBSA) set a number of key goals in its strategy for improvement in the Canadian beef industry.  Sustainability projects will be prioritized to work towards addressing these goals.  Below are the 10 overarching goals outlined in the NBSA.

Click here for more information about the National Beef Sustainability Assessment.