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NCC hosts volunteer opportunity May 25

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Individuals in southeast Alberta can help clean up an invasive weed on a property in the southeast corner and learn a little more about the unique area at the same time.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is hosting an interpretive nature walk through the badlands of Forty Mile Coulee on land near Foremost. The event takes place Saturday, May 25 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Those interested in taking part should phone NCC Conservation Co-ordinator Rob Gardner at 403-527-2052.
Gardner says the Stebanuk property near Foremost is a hot spot for reptiles including the short-horned lizard.
“There are actually over 20 species at risk on the property we own, so we want to keep it as a good habitat,” says Gardner.
The land is leased to a local rancher for cattle to graze.
“It does a great job of keeping the prairies in good condition.”
Volunteers who attend the day of the event will help pull an invasive weed called downy brome. It spreads rapidly and poisons the soil so nothing else can grow.
After the work is done, volunteers can enjoy they lunch they brought and then go for an informative hike of the area led by Gardner.
“People can make a real contribution to improving a property for wildlife and at the same time we can show them things they didn’t know before,” says Gardner. “They can experience some habitat they’ve never been in before.”
Individuals who want to take part should phone Gardner in advance as well as bring proper footwear, clothing, water, sunscreen and a bagged lunch.

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