Decodon, pontederia and buttonbush (Photo by Caroline Tanguay/NCC)

Decodon, pontederia and buttonbush (Photo by Caroline Tanguay/NCC)

Big Valley (Craven)

This scenic property is a biodiversity hotspot in the Qu’Appelle River Valley, made up of 233 hectares (576 ac.) of native grasslands, mixed forests and lakeside marshlands. Just north of Craven at the south end of Last Mountain Lake, these lands conjoin with the provincial Valeport Wildlife Management Area to offer up to 1106 hectares (2734 ac.) of diverse natural habitat for wildlife, including the northern leopard frog, short-eared owl, American badger, moose, western painted turtle and the endangered whooping crane.

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