Nature Conservancy announces $6.9M campaign to save landscape in southern Alberta

The Nature Conservancy of Canada has announced a $6.9-million campaign to save a distinctive landscape near Waterton Lakes National Park in southern Alberta.

The 1,650-hectare property, called The Yarrow, is located near the hamlet of Twin Butte about 80 kilometres southwest of Lethbridge.

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The NCC says the property features grasslands, wetlands, creeks and mixed forests and includes 27 wildlife species of provincial or national significance — including grizzly bears, birds called bobolinks and little brown bats.

Fischer Ranch near Twin Butte, Alta. on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020. Supplied: Brent Calver/Nature Conservancy of Canada

There are also two important streams on the property — Yarrow Creek and Drywood Creek — that provide fish habitat and transport water from Alberta’s southern headwaters to the Waterton reservoir.

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The nature conservancy started the multi-million campaign Tuesday to conserve The Yarrow ranch, which they say offers an invaluable return on investment for the future of conservation.

Click to play video: 'Southern Alberta ranch now a conservation area'

Southern Alberta ranch now a conservation area

The organization says the opportunity to conserve the property was made possible by the support of the Fisher-Cuthbertson family and the vision of Charlie Fischer, who was a longtime oil and gas executive in Calgary.

Charlie Fischer at The Yarrow (Photo by Fischer family). Supplied: Nature Conservancy of Canada
Elk eating at The Yarrow by Sean Feagan. Supplied: Sean Feagan, Nature Conservancy of Canada
Pearl crescent on aster, Yarrow Creek Ranch. Courtesy: Sean Feagan, Nature Conservancy of Canada
Fischer Ranch near Twin Butte, Alta. on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020. Supplied: Brent Calver/Nature Conservancy of Canada

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