Beloved woodland property conserved
Thanks in part to funding from TD Bank Group (TD) through the TD Forests program and the Government of Canada’s Natural Areas Conservation Program, NCC conserved 478 acres (193 hectares) of forested lands southwest of Edmonton, near the North Saskatchewan River.
Owned and loved for years by the Busenius family, the property is characterized by a diverse boreal forest. The forest shelters a mixture of broad-leaf trees such as aspen, balsam poplar and paper birch, in addition to evergreens such as white spruce, black spruce and tamarack.
This healthy forest covers the majority of the property and provides much needed habitat for the wide variety of wildlife found in the area, including:
- 22 mammal species (including a herd of 40 elk);
- 154 bird species (nine of which are imperiled); and
- 266 plant species (including a number of rare and uncommon orchids).
The nine wetlands found on the Busenius property support numerous waterfowl. Many raptors, including bald eagle, nest here.