March 20, 2017
The biophysical features of Kirkpatrick Prairie include beaver ponds, moist meadows, and parkland.
The Kirkpatrick Prairie is a highly variable natural area with a largely intact native prairie. As Alberta has experienced significant losses of important native prairie habitat, it is imperative that we limit surface disturbance of our remaining native grasslands.
The Kirkpatrick Native Prairie is an Environmentally Significant Area of Alberta, located west of Red Deer and south of Highway 12. Kirkpatrick Lake borders the western edge of this natural area and is a lake of significant waterfowl production.
The Kirkpatrick Prairie has an estimated 50-75% native prairie remaining, making it an internationally significant area. Natural subregions include both dry mixedgrass and northern fescue.
As Alberta has experienced significant losses of important native prairie habitat, it is imperative that we limit surface disturbance of remaining native prairie.
Another letter by Conservation Biologist Lara Smandych is sent to the Minister of Energy regarding the fate of several leases in the Kirkpatrick Prairie area of concern. It is another plea to the Energy Minister that more of Alberta’s diverse natural regions and sub-regions need to be protected.
Letters are written to the Minister of Energy Murray Smith by AWA Conservation Specialist Tamaini Snaith and Conservation Biologist Lara Smandych on behalf of the association opposing the sale of several leases in the Kirkpatrick Prairie area of concern. The letters are to ensure that the leases currently located within the Kirkpatrick Prairie ESA are protected and contribute to the conservation of Alberta’s wilderness.
March 31, 1997
Kirkpatrick Native Prairie is identified as an environmentally significant area (ESA) for the presence of ground moraines, sandy plains, dune fields, streams, wet meadows, and alkali wetlands. The site has the potential for becoming a level 1 Natural History Theme (NHT), as conditions found in the area are under-represented in current protected areas. The area which has been identified as Northern Fescue and Dry Mixedgrass sub-regions is 50-75% native prairie with the remaining 25-50% representing patches of cultivation and lightly grazed areas. The land is excellent habitat for for rare avian species.