Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Conservation Agreement Protects Historic Ranch in Southern Alberta

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Conservation Agreement Protects Historic Ranch in Southern Alberta

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Alberta ranch protected in conservation deal

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CALGARY - One of Canada's oldest working ranches will be protected as a result of a conservation agreement with the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

The 900-hectare Oxley Ranch in the southern Alberta foothills is owned and operated by Jennifer Barr and her family.

The ranch was established in 1882 and will still function as a cattle operation.

The agreement prevents cultivation of grasslands, drainage of wetlands, subdivision and land development.

The property has one of the last pieces of relatively intact fescue grassland in Alberta.

It is estimated that less than five per cent of such grassland remains in the country, making this area one of the most threatened regions of Canada.

The family retains ownership of the property with an obligation to long-term conservation. …

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