Kristie (Romanow) Wegener (Photo courtesy of Kristie (Romanow) Wegener)

Kristie (Romanow) Wegener (Photo courtesy of Kristie (Romanow) Wegener)

Kristie (Romanow) Wegener

NCC: What is your position at NCC?

KW: I'm the manager of conservation for the Rocky Mountain Front region of Alberta and also the natural area manager covering the south Bow River Valley and southern foothills projects.

NCC: What is your area of work?  

KW: My area of work is primarily the southern foothills region, ranging from Highway 3 north to Longview. In that region, I manage securement, stewardship, science, outreach and whatever else needs to be done. I also oversee a team of staff in the rest of the Rocky Mountain Front region. It is an extremely beautiful area containing the headwaters of many of our rivers, streams and lakes. My role allows me to travel to see the diverse landscapes and work with people in the Cardston, Waterton, Pincher Creek and Crowsnest Pass areas as well.

NCC: Why did you join the NCC team?  

KW: I grew up with a family that spent a considerable amount of time in the outdoors, camping and fishing. At a young age, I knew that I wanted to work in the outdoors and was passionate about conservation. I became a Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) summer conservation intern in 2005, working in the Waterton Park Front project. I was fascinated with private land conservation and working with landowners down in southern Alberta.

NCC: When did you start with NCC?

KW: I became a summer conservation intern with the Waterton Park Front project in 2005 and returned in 2006 for a portion of the summer before I was hired to fill a maternity position.

NCC: What is your educational background?

KW: I hold a diploma in renewable resource management and a certificate of specialization in fish and wildlife techniques from Lethbridge College, and a post-diploma bachelor of science degree with a major in environmental studies from the University of Lethbridge.

NCC: What is your previous experience?

KW: My previous experience includes being an active member of many different organizations, including The Wildlife Society – Lethbridge College Chapter, Ducks Unlimited Canada, the Alberta Fish and Game Association and the High River Fish and Game Association. I have also worked for Parks Canada in Waterton Lakes National Park as a member of the trail crew.

NCC: What are your hobbies, when you’re not working for NCC?

KW: When not at work, I enjoy road trips, motorcycle trips, hunting, camping, fishing, hiking, quadding and spending time with my family and friends.

NCC: Do you have a favourite species?

KW: This is one of the hardest questions I am asked. It is hard to pick just one! Ever since I was a young child, my favourite species has always been the grizzly bear! A close second would be the burrowing owl, which I have been fortunate enough to see in southeast Alberta. If I was thinking of my favourite plant species, I would have to say the western larch and/or tamarack trees. I just love the colours they turn in the fall. Nothing compares to being in a stand of western larch or tamarack trees.

NCC: Describe a typical day at work.

KW: My typical day at work changes on a regular basis. I am quite often involved in meetings on a variety of topics, as well as managing properties within the Southern Foothils and Bow Natural Areas. Summer months are spent primarily focusing on managing our owned properties (administering grazing leases, working with leaseholders, inventorying and managing invasive species) as well as compliance monitoring of conservation agreement properties (ground monitoring, aerial monitoring and working with conservation agreement holders). Fall and winter months are typically preparing property management plans, reporting and budgeting and the spring months are to gear up for the upcoming field season.

Contact me at kristie.wegener@natureconservancy.ca.

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