The Heart of the Crowsnest: Habitat Restoration at Fleming Ranch

July 5, 2008 - 4:00pm

Nature Conservancy of Canada

What: Volunteers will join the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) for a day of exploration and habitat restoration on one of NCC’s scenic properties, Fleming Ranch. Volunteers will be taken on a guided hike through wetlands and woodlands, and then contribute to site improvement by taking down barbed wire fences, installing Bluebird boxes and bat houses, and pulling weeds such as Spotted Knapweed along the Crowsnest River.

When: Saturday, July 5th, 10:00a.m.

Why: The 292-acre Fleming Ranch, purchased by NCC in 2002, supports several vegetation communities, including lodge pole pine, aspen, white spruce, and grassland. These communities, in addition to the wetlands and shrub land of the property, are part of an important movement corridor for large mammals such as cougar, wolf, and grizzly bear. The property also provides an important habitat for elk, moose, and deer. Volunteers will help control the invasive plant species that threaten native plant communities, take down old fences that could seriously injure large animals moving through the property, and install Bluebird boxes and bat houses. Volunteers will also be treated to a guided tour of the property.

Where: NCC's Fleming Ranch property, approximately 5 km west of the town of Coleman

For more details and to register: Visit or contact Colleen Cole at [email protected] or 403-444-3547

The Nature Conservancy of Canada is a national non-profit conservation organization that works with landowners to protect Canada’s natural habitats. Its plan of action is to build partnerships and develop creative conservation solutions with individuals, corporations, community groups, conservation groups and government bodies. Since 1962, NCC and its supporters have helped to protect nearly 2 million acres (765,000 hectares) of ecologically significant land across Canada.


Fleming Ranch near Coleman , AB