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

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

Fort Ellice (St. Lazare)

This sprawling 4,766 acre (1,929 ha.) property is located at the confluence of Beaver Creek and the Assiniboine River just east of the Manitoba-Saskatchewan border. The area’s diverse range of habitats include aspen forests, native grasslands, wetlands, and freshwater springs, supporting species such as the smooth green snake, yellow pike, north American river otter, northern gray wolf and the provincially endangered chestnut-collared longspur.

NCC acquired Fort Ellice 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.

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