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The property is comprised of a mosaic of mixed Douglas-fir, western larch, and lodgepole pine forest with open areas consisting of bunchgrass interspersed with a variety of shrubs, alfalfa fields and a 24.7 acre of wetland surrounded by cottonwoods, aspen and birch.

The property’s composition of wetland, forest cover, grasslands and agricultural fields contributes significantly to the overall diversity of the property providing suitable wildlife habitat for multiple species.  In addition, Class 1 winter range has been identified on the property for both elk and deer.

The Silvertip Ranch is regionally important as a migration route and winter range for elk, white-tailed deer, and mule deer.  The property is an integral component of the lower Bull River watershed area, which is used by elk and deer to calve and fawn in the spring and supports a variety of songbirds, woodpeckers, sapsuckers, eagles and hawks.  Predators, including coyotes, wolves, black bears and cougars have also been observed on the property.

Location: 
near East Kootenay community of Bull River
Year Acquired: 
2011
Photo Credit: 
The Nature Trust of British Columbia