“Mr. Seaman’s quiet commitment and passion for supporting various causes is legendary.”
Just 10 kilometres from Dorothy, conservation history was made recently. Family and friends of the late Daryl “Doc” Seaman, along with elected officials and guests from partnering organizations, gathered at the OH Ranch Dorothy to take part in a special dedication honouring Mr. Seaman’s commitment and contribution to preserving a significant part of the natural prairie landscape in southern Alberta.
The dedication, which also includes the property at OH Ranch Bassano, marks one of Alberta’s largest donated conservation easements and marks $500 million in land donations for Environment Canada’s Ecological Gifts program.
“Mr. Seaman’s quiet commitment and passion for supporting various causes is legendary,” said Jack H. Hole, president, Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC). “He was also a longtime supporter of Ducks. We are honoured that his generosity continues through these donated conservation easements, and pleased to be able to recognize his contributions in this way.” Hole and Doc’s son Bob Seaman were on hand to unveil a special bronze plaque mounted on a cairn at the OH Ranch Dorothy property.
DUC has entered into an agreement to place and hold donated conservation easements that will help protect and conserve the integrity of the natural landscapes on two of the four properties (Dorothy and Bassano) that make up the OH Ranch operation. More than 11,250 acres (45.5 square kilometres) will be protected under these agreements, making this one of the single largest donated conservation easements in DUC history.
The property contains a diversity of wetlands and native upland habitat that supports a variety of wildlife species. Securing this valuable habitat under a conservation easement protects valuable wetlands and important wildlife habitat. OH Ranch Dorothy and Bassano will continue to operate sustainably as a cattle ranch.
“OH Ranch has worked with Ducks for many years, so it was a natural fit for us to further partner with them to ensure these conservation easements were placed on OH Ranch Dorothy and OH Ranch Bassano,” said Bob Seaman. “Wetland and wildlife conservation is an important component of the OH Ranch philosophy, and it’s my father’s legacy.”
A portion of OH Ranch Dorothy has also been classified through Environment Canada’s Ecological Gifts program as containing ecologically sensitive lands or sites that significantly contribute to the conservation of Canada’s biodiversity and environmental heritage.