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

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

Palmer Ranch

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. The Waterton Park Front is one of the largest private land conservation initiatives in Canadian history. This area of secured land provides a natural buffer for the biologically sensitive park area which faces serious pressure from human activity.

The Palmer family contributed to this celebrated conservation effort in the year 2000 when they sold a significant portion of their ranch to the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). This beautiful complex of grasslands and wetlands situated along the Waterton River remains a working landscape, where cattle grazing is sustainably managed. The Palmer property provides habitat for many sensitive plant and animal species. Prairie falcons and grizzly bears have been observed on the property as well as some rare plant species including silvery everlasting and woollen-breeches. The Palmer Ranch is a shining example of how beautiful landscapes can be shared by wildlife and humans.

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