• Located in Sturgeon County
• North of Morinville
• 80 Acres
• 45 km drive from central Edmonton
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Wildlife and Habitat
This protected forest stand is surrounded by agricultural fields in the neighbouring properties. The property provides important habitat for wildlife species in the area and also serves as a stepping stone in a wildlife corridor.
This natural area is a large stand of deciduous forest, dominated by trembling aspen and balsam poplar, with a rich variety in shrub and forb species. It has a dugout with a number of wetland plant species, and is home of wood frogs, moose, deer, pileated woodpeckers, and a wide variety of songbirds including various flycatcher and sparrow species, and wrens, chickadees, and waxwings.
Photos: Roxy Hastings, Steve Rickets, Alex Nagy, EALT
It is located near Manawan Lake, an Important Bird Area, and near other forested quarters, which together form important stepping stones for wildlife travel, as well as for habitat and biodiversity conservation.
The surrounding landscape is largely agricultural, with fragments of natural habitat, therefore conservation of this undisturbed forest stand serves to retain and sustain a parcel of native habitat within the landscape.
It is also important to local residents for the opportunity to encounter wildlife to experience the serenity of nature.
Stewardship Highlights and Recent News
- Removed 4.8 kilometres of barbed wire to make the site safer for wildlife.
- Created a loop trail, entry way and added signage with funds from MEC.