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Donation of land conserves old-growth forest in Edmonton

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Bunchberry Meadows, a 260 hectares chunk of land just 30 kilometres outside of Edmonton, has been acquired by the Nature Conservancy of Canada and the Edmonton and Area Land Trust.

The last unspoiled forest in the Capital Region, the land houses the oldest jack pine in Alberta, along with water and willow habitat. Smaller species such as northern flying squirrels, porcupines, and long-tailed weasels, as well as larger animals such as moose, white-tailed deer, black bears, and cougars, will all benefit from this preservation of land.

The five local families who owned and cared for this land for 40 years donated a portion of the land to the NCC to aid in their conservation efforts and to allow for the community to enjoy.

“It’s exciting to see an oasis of old-growth forest protected in the Edmonton area. Bunchberry Meadows will be a destination for Alberta families for generations to come,” said Shannon Phillips, Minister for Alberta Environment and Parks.