LOCATION

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• Located in Parkland County
• Near the University of Alberta Botanic Gardens and Clifford E. Lee Nature Sanctuary
• 640 Acres
• 30 km drive from central Edmonton

 
 
The Bunchberry Meadows Conservation Area is a very special 640 acre (250 hectare) parcel of native Parkland located just west of Edmonton.

Wildlife and Habitat

It features aspen parkland woods, as well as pockets of white spruce, tamarack, jack pine, and wetlands, giving way to diverse plant communities throughout the whole area. This natural area is an important refuge for wildlife, and is home to many species including moose, deer, squirrels, owls, hawks, and songbirds.

Photos: Betty Fisher, Marg Reine, EALT

Importance

Bunchberry Meadows Conservation Area is located in the Devon Dunes Environmentally Significant Area. The area has a highly sensitive aquifer under sandy soils. The close proximity of the Bunchberry Meadows Conservation Area to the Clifford E. Lee Nature Sanctuary, North Saskatchewan River Valley, and the Devonian Botanical Gardens provides a significant habitat corridor and greater landscape connectivity in the region for wildlife.

After the last iceage, meltwater created glacial Lake Edmonton, and much of the material was deposited in the east side of Parkland County. The deltaic sediments from Lake Edmonton were blown by post-glacial winds into unique sand dune formations. These dunes, the Devon Dunes, are unique in that they represent a field of sand dunes formed from deltaic sediments – there is no other such landscape in the Edmonton region, and they have associated unique plant community features.

Jointly conserved for over 40 years by several families, the Bunchberry property faced continued pressure from development, as the population of Edmonton and surrounding municipalities has been rapidly expanding. But with the help of EALT’s anonymous donor, who gifted $1.667 million on our behalf, the Nature Conservancy of Canada was able to raise sufficient funds to secure Bunchberry. EALT now owns Bunchberry Meadows in partnership with NCC, and since 2016 began working to steward the land in perpetuity, for the benefit of all people and wildlife.

The property is now open to the public for year-round foot access, and includes has several kilometres of trails to enjoy. This is an ideal and special conservation area to visit and connect with nature.

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