LETHBRIDGE: The Nature Conservancy of Canada has entered into an agreement with 72 Alberta ranchers to purchase a conservation easement from the Waldron Grazing Cooperative for $15 million.
When finalized, the agreement will permanently conserve a 30,535 acre parcel of land, located along the Eastern Slopes of the Rockies, just north of the Oldman River on Highway-22. It means the Waldron Ranch could become the largest Canadian landscape ever to be conserved by an easement.
Associate Regional Vice President Larry Simpson, told Country 95 News that this is a historic agreement, "When talking about large properties in Alberta, from a deeded land perspective, there are not that many over 5000-acres in size and to find something 30,000 acres in size, remaining intact along the eastern slopes of Alberta - well, there's nothing else like it".
Simpson notes, the property's native habitat will be protected forever, "There are three building envelopes where buildings already exist and they can upgrade those buildings, they can put in extra infrastructure to accommodate various other uses but anything else that's built has to be right within those smaller envelopes and the vast majority of the area is just left as it is - no homes on it, no cultivation of the remaining native grassland and not disturbance or diversion of existing waterways".
The achievement is seen as a milestone in the Nature Conservancy of Canada's work to conserve the last remaining intact landscapes of the Eastern slopes.
The Waldron Ranch is located along the historic Cowboy Trail.
NCC has launched a fundraising campaign that will complete its $37.5 Million (total) purchase of the conservation easement. NCC has to raise an additional $3 Million in donations from the public in order to protect the Waldron Ranch.
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