Laughing all the Way to the (Grass) Bank

Event Details

July 7th, 2016, 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Marsh property, Alberta
Infrastructure / Site Cleanup

With your help, we’ll be laughing all the way to the grass bank! Join us at NCC’s Marsh property as we remove a mile of cross-fencing to reduce barriers to wildlife. The property is part of a new grass banking project where local ranchers lease NCC lands at a discount in exchange for carrying out conservation-related projects on their own pastures. Come take part and learn more about this unique community-based initiative!

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About Marsh property

The Marsh conservation property covers 3,000 acres (1,224 hectares) of land along the slopes of Birds Eye Butte, just 1.5 kilometers east of the Waterton Lakes National Park boundary.

From scenic springs to fabulous foothills, the property is home to a diversity of plants, including rare species like Mountain Lady’s-slipper. Not only is the area prime habitat for large carnivores like grizzly bear, several iconic bird species such as red-tailed hawk, sandhill crane, and even long-billed curlew have been spotted on the property.

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.


What you will be doing

Together, we’ll work to remove one mile of old cross-fencing that is no longer needed. By removing the wire, we will reduce the barriers to wildlife moving through the property.

Why you will love it

Join NCC conservation staff and Sophie LaRocque from Cloudy Ridge Ranch to get the skinny on the Marsh grass banking project. Grass banking is a relatively new practice where property owners lease land to ranchers at a discount, and in exchange they carry out conservation-related projects on their own pastures. Join us for the day and learn more about this unique community-based conservation initiative!


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Please Note

All tools and equipment will be provided, along with snack and drinks. We ask, however, that you please bring a lunch with you for the day. Additional information, including maps and driving directions, 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

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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:

  • Sturdy, closed-toed hiking boots
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Lunch
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Camera