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February 2003

The third most important property for critical habitat in BC is comprised of bunchgrass, shrub (saskatoon, willow,shepherdia, rabbit brush) and small clumps of Douglas-fir and supports grassland dependent bird species such as Vesper Sparrow, mammals such as badger (Red listed) and winter forage for elk and deer.

Along the eastern edge, Great Blue Herons (Blue listed) feed in the wetlands along with over 100 other species of birds as well as beaver and muskrat. Garter snakes and amphibians are common here.

Small pockets of aspen forest, a well developed shrub layer and the occasional paperbirch provide winter habitat for grouse, forage for white-tailed deer and nesting habitat for a variety of songbirds.

East Kootenay Trench
Year Acquired: 
Photo Credit: 
Graham Osborne