Turbines and Equines

Friday, May 31st, 2013

When Heidi Eijgel and David Glass moved onto a 160-acre ranch near Pincher Creek in 1997, one of their prime goals was to respect and preserve the natural and cultural heritage of the area.

The couple set to work restoring cultivated sections of the property back to native prairie grassland, on which their herd of once-rare Canadian horses grazes. For Heidi and David, the 61 wind turbines that circle their farm on three sides reflect that philosophy. The couple has neighboured the Summerview wind farm for the past decade, and sees it as a clean alternative to fossil fuels.

Heidi hopes that by sharing their experience and confronting misinformation about the impacts of living in proximity to wind turbines, she and David can be catalysts for change. In an effort to do so Heidi continually looks to tell a positive story about something she knows will help our communities be sustainable in the future. In her latest article, appearing in Eguine Wellness Magazine, Heidi shares the experience of several horse owners living near Alberta’s Summerview wind farm.

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PDF Reprinted with permission of Equine Wellness Magazine, © 2013 www.equinewellnessmagazine.com

Heidi Eijgel is owner and manager of Windy Coulee Canadian Horses. In 2012 Heidi Eijgel and David Glass were both recipients of CanWEA’s Friend of Wind Award for their advocacy efforts and strong support for wind energy.