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Stettler land good hands with NCC

posted Sep 27, 2017, 10:44 AM by Action for Agriculture
It is a parcel of permanent and semi-permanent wetlands, grassland and aspen forest 22 kilometres north of Stettler along Highway 56, east of Buffalo Lake.
The Thomsons used the land for grazing but took care to rest it periodically to preserve the health of habitat, water quality and wetlands and support its biodiversity.

“We treated it with respect because it was such a unique parcel,” said Thomson, who is a habitat biologist. The property’s wetlands are home to a wide variety of waterfowl and shorebirds, as well as an estimated 70 to 80 breeding duck pairs per square mile. Among the less common birds seen at the site are Forster’s tern, Virginia rail, yellow rail and colonies of great blue heron. It also hosts elk, moose, deer, cougars, coyotes, weasels and other small mammals and amphibians. Thomson said it is home to 100-year-old birch trees, native grasses, wild roses, chokecherries, saskatoons, raspberries and gooseberries.

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