Down Goes the Brome
June 12th, 2018, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Lusicich, Blairmore, Alberta
We will begin the day with a tour of the property with a local conservation expert. Once we’ve spotted some birds, and experienced the ecological significance of this stunning property right next to Crowsnest Lake, we will work together to remove a manageable infestation of invasive species.
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The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) purchased the 263-acre (106-hectare) Lusicich property in 2012. It is eight kilometres west of Coleman along the north shore of Crowsnest Lake and is adjacent to the Crowsnest Lake Property. The property is located in the montane subregion of the Rocky Mountain natural region and consists of a mixture of primarily Douglas-fir forest habitat, with lesser amounts of mixed wood and deciduous forest, montane grassland, tame pasture and rocky outcrop habitats. Phillips Pass and Deadman’s Pass, immediately west of the Lusicich property, are key east-west movement corridors for ungulates (hoofed mammals) and carnivores such as grizzly bear, black bear, cougar and wolf.
NCC acquired the Lusicich property with the assistance of the Government of Canada’s Natural Areas Conservation Program (NACP), a unique public-private partnership to accelerate the pace of land conservation across southern Canada.What you will be doing
Volunteers will work together as a team to tackle the spread of invasive species on the beautiful Lusicich property in the Crowsnest Pass. Invasive plant species will displace native grasses that are much more nutritious for local wildlife, and severely reduce the overall plant diversity, which in turn effects the health of the soil and local ecosystem. Continued weed management strategies are essential in maintaining biodiversity and we wouldn’t be able to achieve this without all the helping hands!Why you will love it
Volunteers will get a chance to explore the Lusicich property with a local bird expert. Together we will hike a variety of habitat types, taking note of what species we see.Questions?
Contact Emma Dunlop: Emma.Dunlop@natureconservancy.ca
Additional event details, including directions and parking instructions, will be provided closer to event day.
While we do our best to provide you with the tools you need to participate, please bring the following items if you have them:
- Close-toed footwear
- Long pants
- Layers of clothing (light sweater and jacket)
- Sun hat
- Rain gear
- 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
- Any necessary medications