EALT Conserves New Lands on Pipestone Creek
July 22, 2012
EALT is delighted to announce we are the proud owners of a new 104 acre property on Pipestone Creek, close to Coal Lake. The air photo shows what a magnificent property this is. It’s also possible to see how securing this land protects the creek as a wildlife corridor and larger landscape linkage (it was slated for country residential subdivision).
The land is almost entirely wooded, bordering the winding creek, and in places the slopes to the floodplain are quite steep and high. There’s a narrow floodplain, but in one place, there’s an oxbow lake, giving a different kind of mini-ecosystem (see the video below).
On our first pre-donation visit to the property in spring, we were greeted by a flock of White Pelicans, deer, muskrat, beaver, hairy woodpeckers, and many waterfowl. There’s even a heron colony just across the creek from us. Now that we have begun to explore the land, we see several types of vegetation community: – aspen parkland, spruce forest, and grassland species on the south slopes. This means that we see some species typical of drier grassland ecosystems, not often found in the Aspen parkalnd, e.g., Gaillardia, and Slender Blue Beard Tongue, pictured below.
The Pipestone Creek property was acquired through the generosity of an anonymous donor, via the federal Ecological Gifts program, which certified the land as ecologically valuable, thus the donor was eligible for various financial benefits. Anyone considering making any type of land donation or bequest (whether title or a conservation easement) can find out more about this by contacting EALT at 780 483-7578.