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Event Details

June 2nd, 2017, 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Palmer Ranch, Alberta
Habitat Restoration

Celebrate Canadian Environment Week by taking a trip into the stunning landscapes of Waterton Park Front and join forces with Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) to protect native plant communities! Volunteers will work together to make a tangible impact on the Palmer and Marsh conservation properties. Our leaseholder on the Palmer property recently received organic certification, so the control of noxious species on this property is entirely dependent on the hand-powered conservation practices by hardworking people like you!

If you’d like to carpool to the event, please click here, http://www.groupcarpool.com/t/nspvte to add your car or join a ride going to the event. Happy carpooling!

Please email the event contact to join the waiting list.

More Information

About Palmer Ranch

Thanks to the vision of our partners and the long-term commitment of area ranchers, more than 100 square kilometres (32,000 acres/13,000 hectares) of the stunning landscape bordering Waterton Lakes National Park, including this property, have been protected as conservation lands forever. The Waterton Park Front is one of the largest private land conservation initiatives in Canadian history. This area of secured land provides a natural buffer for the biologically sensitive park area which faces serious pressure from human activity.

The Palmer family contributed to this celebrated conservation effort in the year 2000 when they sold a significant portion of their ranch to the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). This beautiful complex of grasslands and wetlands situated along the Waterton River remains a working landscape, where cattle grazing is sustainably managed. The Palmer property provides habitat for many sensitive plant and animal species. Prairie falcons and grizzly bears have been observed on the property as well as some rare plant species including silvery everlasting and woollen-breeches. The Palmer Ranch is a shining example of how beautiful landscapes can be shared by wildlife and humans.

What you will be doing

Volunteers will work together to make a tangible impact on the spread of invasive species on the Palmer and Marsh conservation properties. Our leaseholder on the Palmer property recently received organic certification, so the control of noxious species on this property is entirely dependent on the hand-powered conservation practices by hardworking people like you!

Why you will love it

These properties offer stunning views of where the prairies meet the Rocky Mountains in the very southwest corner of Alberta. Volunteers will also have a chance to learn about the grassbanking project which is occurring on the Marsh property. What is grassbanking you may ask? I guess you’ll just have to sign up to find out!

Questions?

Contact Zoe Arnold: alberta@conservationvolunteers.ca

Please Note

All tools and equipment will be provided, along with drinks and snacks. Extra sun screen and bug spray will also be provided! Please bring a lunch with you. Additional information will be sent to you after you have registered for the event. Event will go rain or shine.

Moderate fitness level required
No toilets on site
Carpooling can be arranged
All tools will be provided by NCC
Water and snacks will be provided
Item Checklist

While we do our best to provide you with the tools you need to participate, please bring the following items if you have them:

Clothes
  • Close-toed footwear
  • Long pants
  • Layers of clothing (light sweater and jacket)
  • Sun hat
  • Rain gear
Miscellaneous
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Lunch
  • Any necessary medications