News & Events

 
UPCOMING EVENTS:
 
Walks in the Watershed program for 2016:
Sunday, August 7: Black Rock Mountain - Full day hike, back by popular demand. The views from the top are amazing. Depending on the water level in the Ghost River this hike may be longer than in the past, and river fordings will be involved (water shoes recommended). The trail up to the top of Black Rock gently meanders through the forest, then passing through alpine meadows, with only the last short stretch to the old Fire Lookout having some scree. Please bring your own water and food. Good hiking boots are recommended, as well as packing rain gear just in case.
Meeting time and location: 8:30am at Benchlands
Please e-mail us for directions.

Saturday, September 17: Sand Hills - This is a tentative date, and the walk could be a week or two later, depending on the fall colours.

Exact meeting times and places will be announced on this web page closer to the event date.

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NEWS:
PAST NEWS & EVENTS:
Sunday July 10: Hidden Pass - Day hike to new destination in the Black Rock Mountain area. 
Sunday June 26: Butters Ranch Walk with Gus Yaki 
This is our very popular, annual Walk with Naturalist Gus Yaki, identifying plants and birds in the Ghost Watershed. An easy walk with a few steeper sections going into the hills.  
BBQ lunch courtesy of Butters Ranching for all participants after the walk. 
Saturday June 18: Historic Walk - Long-time resident Jenny Fraser shares stories about First Nations, fur traders and ranchers in the Ghost Valley. 1-hour easy walk ideal for families. 
Please bring your own lunch for a picnic enjoying the beautiful view over the Ghost River valley after the walk.
Sunday May 29: Walk in the Watershed: Meadow Creek/Brewster's Meadow - Easy, level walk to a large wetland area.
News April 2016: Benefit event was a big success!
A big THANK YOU to everyone who attended our benefit event on April 15th! The event was sold out and it was a big success. We have not only received lots of positive feedback on the event, but also met our funding goal. 
Funds raised will support GWAS Education & Outreach program and liability insurance costs to run our popular Walks in the Watershed program and school field trips, connecting people with the natural environment of the Ghost Watershed in Alberta's Eastern Slopes.
Friday, April 15th 2016: An evening of music, stories humour & images featuring 
The Wardens & local author Kathy Calvert. 
The sold out event brought June Mickle’s story back to life with stage readings from Kathy Calvert’s book about June’s life in the Eastern Slopes of Southern Alberta. Musical performances by
The Wardens, a popular Banff National Park-based Trio known for their storytelling, great music and humour, rounded out the evening. 
A big thank you to everyone who attended, all the volunteers and The Wardens!
Proceeds will support GWAS Education & Outreach program and liability insurance costs to run our popular Walks in the Watershed program and school field trips, connecting people with the natural environment of the Ghost Watershed in Alberta's Eastern Slopes. 
Please click here for more details on the event. 
March 2016: Update on Ghost River State of the Watershed (SOW) report progress:
Draft Chapters are currently being reviewed by the Steering Committee for the project. Due to new data becoming available, the report is now planned to be completed in Spring 2016.The State of the Watershed report will contain everything we know to date about this watershed, including some of the social history and early settlement of the area, information about the geology and hydrology, wildlife habitat and much more. The full report will be made available on GWAS website once complete. The Ghost Watershed has a lot of social history, which GWAS is keen to capture, showing in the report how it shaped the watershed and how people lived and worked with the resources the watershed provided. Anyone with material relating to the area is warmly encouraged to provide information for this far-reaching study. We are looking for any and all photos of land-uses in and natural features of the Ghost Watershed, which you would like to share. We are also looking for stories of the social history and settlement of the Ghost Watershed. In case there are more photos and stories than we can fit into the report, we are planning to also start an online database of photos and history of the Ghost. Please contact us by email, if you have photos or stories you are willing to share. For more information on the Ghost River SOW project, please also visit our Research & Data page.
December 2015:  We had a great turn-out at the AGM in November. Thank you to everyone who joined us!
If you missed the event, you can download the presentation slides on GWAS year in review here:
AGM2015-slides-small.pdf (File size: 10.5MB)
August 2015: Ghost River State of the Watershed (SOW) report: Our Consultants with the ALCES Group are making good progress on the State of the Watershed report. The first few draft Chapters will be sent to the Steering Committee for the project shortly for their review and feedback. The report is planned to be completed early in 2016 and will form the basis for developing a Watershed Management Plan.
The State of the Watershed report will contain everything we know to date about this watershed, including some of the social history and early settlement of the area, information about the geology and hydrology, wildlife habitat and much more. 
The full report will be made available on GWAS website once complete.
The Ghost Watershed has a lot of social history, which GWAS is keen to capture, showing in the report how it shaped the watershed and how people lived and worked with the resources the watershed provided. Anyone with material relating to the area is warmly encouraged to provide information for this far-reaching study. 
GWAS AGM November 7th 2015.
Keynote Speaker: Kelly Dick, FISHES program, Alberta Environment and Parks. 
Improvement of fish habitat in the Ghost Watershed. 
August 23rd, 2015: “Hidden Canyon” (full day hike)
Day hike to Hidden Canyon, close to the boundary of the Ghost Watershed into Banff National Park.
Sunday June 21: Plant ID walk with guide Gus Yaki on the Butters’ Ranch (easy half day walk) 
Easy walk around the meadows and wetlands on the Butters Ranch. Fitness level required is low. 
Sunday July 5: Hussey’s Loop: full day hike.
History of the Ghost Valley:
June 6th, 2015:  History talk and very easy Walk on the high banks of the Ghost River at the Fraser Ranch where long-time valley resident Jenny Fraser shares stories of those who have called Ghost Valley their home: First Nations people, fur traders, and ranchers.
Open House on Saturday, May 30th 2015, at The Crossing at Ghost River, to gather historic photos and stories of the Ghost Watershed for the State of the watershed report. Coffee and tea served.
Sunday May 24: Mount Pringle Lookout (3-4 hours walk, not much elevation gain)
Modest hike to a beautiful viewpoint in the area of Mount Pringle.
Annual General Meeting (AGM) - Saturday, January 17th 2015 
Report on AGM:
The AGM was attended by 38 GWAS Members, a great turn-out! The membership voted to hold the next Benefit Concert in Summer 2015 rather than in March to enable the possibility to add an outdoor component to the event. Stay tuned for updates!
Please click on the link below to download the presentation notes by Keynote Speaker Adam Driedzic from the Environmental Law Centre on the topic of the “Implications of the South  Saskatchewan Regional Plan” here:
ELC analysis of SSRP  (Feb 2015).pdf
To download the presentation on GWAS in 2014, click on the link below:
2015-presentation-1.pdf
October 28th 2014, Guided tour of Ghost Watershed: GWAS led a group from the Calgary Regional Partnership on a tour of the Ghost Watershed.
October 18th, Bioengineering work at Silvester Creek (MacLean Creek area).
Sunday, September 7: Historic talk and walk at Donna Johnson Butters' ranch
History of the Johnson family
History of the Ghost Valley - Beaupre School 
Jenny Fraser, in partnership with Ghost Watershed Alliance Society, hosted one last history talk for 2014 on Sunday, September 28th at the Beaupre Community Hall. Topics included Beaupre School, the area's gymkhanas, and its ranching history.
4th Walk in the Watershed 2014: Black Rock Mountain
Full day hike to the top of Black Rock Mountain in the Ghost Watershed.
June 2014: The BP Retiree Volunteers have donated another $5,000 to GWAS this year to support our Outreach & Education program! We sincerely thank the volunteers for this generous donation. In June of this year the donation enabled over 80 students to undertake a field day in the Ghost Watershed, getting to know its history and its natural features.
3rd Walk in the Watershed 2014 - Bird & Plant ID Walk with guide Gus Yaki
A big thank you again to Gus Yaki for a great walk identifying plants and birds. And a big thank you to Erik Butters and Laura Procunier for their hospitality, providing a fantastic BBQ lunch and raising $375 for GWAS programs. 
2nd Walk in the Watershed 2014 - Historic Walk in the Ghost Valley - Sunday, June 7th 2014
At the Fraser Ranch where long-time valley resident Jenny Fraser shares stories of those who have called Ghost Valley their home: First Nations people, fur traders, and ranchers.
1st Walk in the Watershed 2014 - Walk to Mockingbird Lookout - Sunday, June 1st 2014
April 2014:  Ghost River State of the Watershed report project:
The State of the Watershed (SOW) report for the Ghost watershed is underway. Many residents, the Municipal government, users and stakeholders have joined GWAS to collaboratively develop the report based on existing data, scientific reports and local knowledge. The report will feature everything we know about the watershed today and some of its history including early settlements and First Nations. 
The project is aimed at being completed in 2015.
General Meeting: Thursday, April 3rd, 2014, 7:00pm - 8:30pm 
Vote on an amendment of GWAS Bylaws and update on GWAS projects. 
A dissolution clause will be added to GWAS Bylaws as approved at the GM on April 3rd. 
The new clause is as follows:
"Upon dissolution of the Ghost Watershed Alliance Society, any assets remaining after paying debts and liabilities, shall be distributed to a charitable organization, which will be named by the Board of Directors in place at the time of dissolution."
Annual Benefit Concert & Silent Auction: Friday, March 14th, 2014  - An evening of music and images
A big THANKS to all businesses, artists and individuals who donated all the fabulous items to our silent auction as well as Gary of Phantoms Music for the great sound. 
Please download a directory of all donors and supporters here: dir-p2.pdf
Many thanks to our performers this year, the Volante String Quartet and David Lertzman, for the great music.
Also a big thanks to our many volunteers and everyone who attended the evening, making the event such a success! Your support helps us to continue our work by covering operational expenses, which we can not cover through project grants, such as the annual liability insurance to be able to conduct our Walks in the Watershed and school field trips to name a few.

January 2014 Newsletter: Please click on image to the right to download pdf version.
Topics: - Upcoming GWAS Annual Benefit Concert & Silent Auction: Friday, March 14th, 2014 
- Review of AGM of November 2nd, 2013 - GWAS Board of Directors update as of 2013 AGM
- State of the Watershed report project - Draft South Saskatchewan Regional Plan: deadline for public   input extended to February 28th 2014


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GWAS Spring 2016 Newsletter: Please click on image to the right to download the Spring 2016 Newsletter as pdf version (File size: 1.5MB).
Topics:

  1. Upcoming event: An evening of music, stories, humour and images featuring The Wardens & local author Kathy Calvert.
    April 15th 2016, Beaupre Hall, 6-10pm

  2. State of the Watershed report - update

  3. Collaborative projects - report

  4. GWAS - Who we are & where we stand

June 2016:

We had a great turn-out for both the historic Walk in the Watershed on June 18th and the Plant & Bird ID Walk on June 26th with a fabulous BBQ courtesy of Butters Ranching.

Thank you to everyone who attended the events, the generous donations made towards our Education & Outreach program and a big thank you to our hosts and guides, Jennifer Fraser, Gus Yaki, Erik Butters and Laura Procunier as well as all the volunteers who helped to make the events such a success.