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Eastern Slopes Stewards Celebrate Three Decades of Outdoor Recreation and Conservation

The Friends of the Eastern Slopes Association (FOESA), a non-profit organization of volunteers dedicated to outdoor recreation and environmental conservation, marked its 30th anniversary with a significant celebration on April 13. The milestone event encapsulated three decades of stewardship since the group’s inception in 1994.

Established as a not-for-profit entity, FOESA initiated its journey with the management of Bighorn Campground at the Ya Ha Tinda Ranch. This first project came after successful negotiations with Parks Canada, setting a precedent for future stewardship that would expand significantly over the years.

Throughout the past 30 years, FOESA has extended its guardianship to several other recreational and environmental sites, including Elk Creek Campground, Elk Creek Fish Pond, and campgrounds along the James Wilson, Cartier Creek, and Deer Creek areas, as well as the Red Deer River North and South campgrounds.

The 30th-anniversary banquet was held in Olds at the Regional Exhibition building, coinciding with the group’s annual general meeting. The event drew a record-breaking crowd of nearly 500 attendees, according to Saige Jackson, the director of FOESA. “We had nearly 500 people in attendance, which made it a record-breaking year,” Jackson conveyed in an email response, as quoted in a Mountain View Today report.

Significant moments included the presentation of gifts to seven founding executives, acknowledging their pivotal roles in the organization’s history. Additionally, five framed Ya Ha Tinda Ranch prints were awarded to individuals and businesses that have shown steadfast support over the years.

The banquet also set the stage for revealing the year’s successes. “This year overall was a record-breaking year for us,” Jackson noted. The association saw its highest-ever membership sales, nearly reaching 3,000, and raised more than CA$50,000 through its fundraising efforts.

Looking ahead to 2024, FOESA has a robust agenda. Projects include completing the Bighorn flood mitigation initiative and upgrading facilities at the Red Deer River North and South campgrounds. New outhouses at the 7 Mile Campground and other enhancements are also on the schedule.

In addition to scheduled improvements, the association will continue its tradition of volunteer-led campground cleanups, with dates and details available on their website. 

As FOESA moves into its next decade, the organization remains committed to its multifaceted mission of promoting recreational use, environmental awareness, and sustainable practices within Alberta’s Eastern Slopes.

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May 6, 2024 6:51 pm

Ever wonder how the Friends of the Eastern Slopes Association’s 30-year journey is inspiring a new wave of nature lovers and environmental protectors? Join us at upcoming events to be a part of preserving the beauty of the Eastern Slopes. Let’s make a difference together!

May 6, 2024 11:11 pm

Did you hear about the Friends of the Eastern Slopes Association’s awesome 30-year celebration? They’re not just looking back but also launching cool programs for young environmental stewards and interactive workshops for all outdoor lovers in 2024!

Emma Ward
Emma Ward
May 7, 2024 4:53 am

Isn’t it amazing to see how the Eastern Slopes Stewards are really making a difference? They’re bringing the community together, and their dedication to nature is truly inspiring.

May 7, 2024 5:01 am

You won’t believe the scoop! Eastern Slopes Stewards are cooking up a nature-themed roller coaster! 🎢 Imagine the thrill of riding for conservation! Also, a charity auction with funky items awaits! 🐐

Alex Meadow
Alex Meadow
May 7, 2024 9:12 am

Isn’t it amazing news? The Eastern Slopes Stewards are marking three decades of outdoor fun and conservation, plus they’re planting 10,000 trees! How cool is that?

Wade Sky
Wade Sky
May 7, 2024 9:21 am

What a major achievement for FOESA! Their anniversary celebration was a blast, and the new online platform is a game-changer for getting everyone involved in future projects. I can’t wait to see the impact of their conservation efforts with this exciting initiative!


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