Canada/Nature Conservancy Canada secures 250 hectares of land for protection in Alberta
The Nature Conservancy of Canada has purchased a property with fescue grasslands, forests and wetlands near Waterton Lakes National Park in southern Alberta. The private organization says the land is a corridor for wildlife such as grizzly bears and elk.
He says the 250-hectare property, located between Waterton Lakes National Park and Twin Butte, Alberta, is his newest conservation site.
In a news release, Tom Lynch-Staunton, the Nature Conservancy of Canada's regional vice-president, says the protected animals need a much larger space than the park.
"By conserving this property, we are ensuring that it will continue to provide safe habitat and travel routes for these incredible animals."
- A quote from Tom Lynch-Staunton, regional vice-president of the Nature Conservancy of Canada in Alberta
The Nature Conservancy of Canada adds that the property will be part of the 13,000 hectares of private conservation land in the Waterton Front Project, which is now about 75 per cent conserved.
This property is just another piece of the puzzle," said Sean Feagan, spokesperson for the organization.
"It's a victory for nature ."
- A quote from Sean Feagan, spokesperson for the Nature Conservancy of Canada in Alberta
A special area
Sean Feagan, explains that the target area has a unique and relatively intact ecosystem.
There's not a lot of foothills. So it's a unique part of the province geographically and geologically. It has a mix of prairie and montane species living together," he says.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada says it's a corridor for wildlife such as grizzly bears and elk. Mammals such as elk, deer and caribou congregate in areas outside the national park in winter to feed on grasses such as fescue, which has a high nutritional value.
It's a very important winter food for these animals," says Feagan.
According to the Nature Conservancy of Canada, the protected area will continue to be used for livestock grazing while being managed so that nature can flourish.