The Livingstone-Porcupine area is composed of several smaller areas, including: Beehive Mountain, Whaleback, North Porcupine Hills, Upper Oldman River and Crowsnest Pass. This area is located south of Banff National Park and Kananaskis Country, along the British Columbia - Alberta border.
It is one of the most diverse areas in the province. In the Porcupine Hills alone there are five distinct vegetation types (grassland, parkland, montane, supalpine and alpine); nowhere else in Alberta do these vegetation types coexist in such close proximity. The largest and oldest Douglas firs in Alberta (400 years old) are in this region.
The Alberta government’s Special Places program set provincial targets for protection of ‘Level 1 Natural History Themes’ within the Foothills Parkland and Foothills Fescue sub-regions. By the end of the program, only 21.1% of the stated target for protection of the Foothills Parkland, and 22.8% for Foothills Fescue are actually protected.
Protected areas within the Livingstone-Porcupine include:
- Bob Creek Wildland (2,0778 ha)
- Black Creek Heritage Rangeland (7,760 ha)
- Mountain Livingstone Natural Area (535 ha)
- Beehive Natural Area (6,720 ha)
- Don Getty Wildland Park (consists of numerous pockets of protected land, some of which are within AWA’s Area of Concern.)
- Chain Lakes Provincial Park (409 ha)
- Willow Creek Provincial Park (109 ha)