uAlberta alumni donate 12,300-acre ranch to university

December 7, 2010

Yesterday University of Alberta alumni Edwin and Ruth Mattheis donated their 12,300-acre ranch to their alma mater, making the largest gift of land to a Canadian university. The donation ensures the land will forever be a working ranch and will provide uAlberta with research and teaching opportunities in rangeland and pasture management. In light of the gift, the institution is establishing the Mattheis Chair in Rangeland Ecology and Management. The ranch, to be named the University of Alberta Rangelands Research Institute -- Mattheis Ranch, is located near Duchess, 150 kilometres east of Calgary. uAlberta ExpressNews