The gently rolling topography of the Shell Lake Memorial Property represents the uniqueness of the Boreal Transition Ecozone, sharing features of both the Aspen Parkland and Boreal Forest. On the north end of the property there is a wet meadow of many willow species and sedges that slowly gives way to a mix of Balsam Poplar, Trembling Aspen, and White Spruce as you move to the south of the property. In the center of this mix there is a band of a pure white spruce stand from west to east on the property with a Boreal Forest understory, composed largely of peat moss, ferns and small forbs. There are three areas on the property that were once seeded tame but are now in the process of reverting back to their original state. Research at the Conservation Data Center indicated that there are several provincially and nationally listed species that have been recorded in the immediate area of this property (i.e: Red Alpine Bearberry, Great Blue Heron, Cougar, and Little Red Elephant).
Decodon, pontederia and buttonbush (Photo by Caroline Tanguay/NCC)