Young Professional Stewardship Grant
From February 16th to 18th, 2016, the Saskatchewan Prairie Conservation Action Plan will host the 11th Prairie Conservation and Endangered Species Conference (PCESC). The conference will bring together decision-makers, researchers, consultants, industry representatives and community and grass-roots groups, along with farmers, ranchers, First Nations, and other private citizens who have an abiding interest in sustaining prairie land, water, plants, and animals.
The theme of the 11th Prairie Conservation and Endangered Species Conference is:
Prairie: It's a Happening Place!
The Young Professional Stewardship Grant was developed to promote future work to achieve success with prairie conservation and endangered species management. TheYoung Professional Stewardship Grant is for professional or aspiring conservationists between the ages of 18-30 who live and/or work in Alberta, Saskatchewan, or Manitoba. Applicants from various disciplines are encouraged to apply and do not need to be enrolled in, or a graduate of an academic institution.
Innovative proposals that advance the engagement of people in conservation in Grassland and Parkland Natural Regions of the Prairie Provinces are the objectives of the Young Professional Stewardship Grant. Proposals may consider topics in the areas of land management, ecology, species at risk, or habitat enhancement, with a focus on education and community outreach, a desired outcome, or the use of an integrated management approach. Proposals should take into consideration and avoid unintended consequences, whereby the project may benefit one species at the detriment of another species. Projects should also demonstrate some kind of socio-economic benefit.
Individuals and/or groups are encouraged to submit a proposal to be considered for grant(s), the funds for which will be raised during the Silent Auction at the 2016 Prairie Conservation and Endangered Species Conference (PCESC) and through specific sponsorship support. The grant recipients will be announced at the PCESC Banquet on February 18, 2016. There may also be an opportunity for the winning applicant(s) to present the results of their projects at the 2016 PCESC.
The deliverables expected from the winning projects include: an interim report, a final report, and a poster.