MULTISAR – Milk River
We focus on multi-species conservation at the landscape level that promotes stewardship through voluntary participation of landholders on both Crown and private lands. The program is a collaborative effort among landholders, ACA, Alberta Environment and Parks, and Prairie Conservation Forum. Our primary goal is to collaboratively develop plans to benefit multiple species; these plans are then implemented through habitat enhancement activities that benefit both the farm or ranch operation and wildlife. We reassessed five ranches previously surveyed in 2012 and 2013 totalling 61,119 acres. We completed 186 range health assessments, 32 tame pasture health assessments, eight detailed transects, and eight riparian assessments. In total, we had 3,003 wildlife observations. We saw an increase in range health with 66% of sites in the healthy categories compared to 62% during the baseline assessment. We also saw a decline in unhealthy range sites to 5% of sites versus 9% during original baseline assessments. In 2018 we completed nine new habitat enhancements on five ranches in 2018 and continued work on one other enhancement initiated in previous years. These enhancements include native grass restoration, wildlife-friendly fencing, tree protection, portable watering units, and upland watering sites. These improvements not only benefit species at risk habitat but can also provide benefits to upland game birds and ungulates and maintain the recreational opportunities that these large ranches provide. Emphasising this is the recent addition of roughly 46,000 acres (long-time MULTISAR participant) into the Land Management’s Recreational Access Program.
Alberta Environment and Parks, Government of Canada, Landholders, Milk River Watershed Council Canada, Prairie Conservation Forum
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