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

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

Lusicich, Blairmore

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.

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