Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Southern Alberta Ranch Protects Habitat for At-Risk Species: Nature Conservancy

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Southern Alberta Ranch Protects Habitat for At-Risk Species: Nature Conservancy

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Alberta ranch protects at-risk species habitat

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CALGARY - A family that has owned a ranch in southern Alberta for more than 100 years has signed an agreement to preserve the land to help protect threatened species.

Riverside Ranch was established in 1914 by Peter Zoratti after he emigrated from Italy.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada says the family has agreed to keep the 1,600-hectare ranch along the Castle River intact to help preserve wildlife such as the westslope cutthroat trout and bull trout.

The river also supports forests of poplar and white spruce trees, which are habitat for ruffed and sharp-tailed grouse and wild turkey.

The conservation agreement restricts recreational development on the property but allows the family to continue operating its cattle ranch. …

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