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12,000 hectares of spectacular grassland is now protected
Published Tuesday, September 30, 2014 7:11AM MDT Last Updated Tuesday, September 30, 2014 7:26AM MDT
Waldron Ranch, Alberta - Photo Courtesy of the Nature Conservancy of Canada
The Nature Conservancy of Canada has created a project that will protect 30-thousand acres of grassland in Alberta.
The Waldron Ranch is 30,535 acres of privately owned property south of Longview and northwest of Lethbridge
More than 70 ranchers and shareholders banded together to become the driving force behind this huge project.
The land will continue to be used as a working ranch, but the deal means the land is now protected from any major development so that wildlife will also thrive in the area.
The conservation agreement covers the grassland on the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains.
It took two years to work out a deal between the Nature Conservancy and the shareholders who own the ranchland.
This is the largest conservation easement in Canadian history.