2014 wasn’t that long ago. But Kelsey Cartwright has made the most of every day since she won the Ian Ross Memorial Scholarship from the ACTWS. At that time she was at U Lethbridge studying Environmental Science. She finished her BSc, completed an MSc in mountain hydrology, did three Co-operative Education work terms (Agriculture Canada and Nature Conservancy of Canada) and worked on species at risk programming with Alberta’s Cows and Fish.
Kelsey now works with the Alberta Conservation Association conducting riparian and range health assessments to use with wildlife surveys that enhance grazing and habitat processes throughout southern Alberta. Her work brings her to ranches in the Crowsnest Pass, native prairie near Medicine Hat and the bright lights of the Calgary Stampede.
It was being awarded the Ian Ross Scholarship that galvanized Kelsey’s wish to blend her education and personal passions. Her daily conservation successes are a testament to why the ACTWS is passionate about recognizing and supporting its members. Bravo Kelsey!