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This question is a good one. And whether you live in an urban or country setting there are excellent reasons for caring about what happens to the Pekisko Rangelands.

Pick your particular circumstance below and explore the question of why it's important to you and your family.



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The Southern Alberta City Dweller

The Pekisko Rangeland is valuable for people living in cities such as Calgary, Lethbridge and Medicine Hat for the following reasons:

  • They function as a watershed for the Highwood River, Willow Creek and Oldman River plus various aquifers, thus protecting the water supply of the South Saskatchewan River as well as many people who rely on wells for water.

  • They efficiently remove carbon from the air and fix it in the soil, thus helping to prevent the potential of global warming.

  • They provide high-protein feed for wildlife as well as cattle.

  • They secure open spaces and scenic vistas, providing a backdrop that strongly influences our cultural heritage.

  • They are a very efficient ecosystem, growing food with little in the way of artificial energy inputs.

  • They grow the best beef in the world.

  • They are the long-term economic backbone of South-Western Alberta, providing jobs and food for people in our towns and cities.

  • The grassland nurtures the country and cowboy culture on which the Calgary Stampede is based.

  • The scenic vistas of the grassland foothills attracts tourists and the film industry, thus providing economic benefit and 'clean' jobs.



Small Town and Country Alberta

The Pekisko Rangeland is valuable for people living in the country in Southern Alberta, and in towns such as High River, Nanton, Cayley, Stavely, Granum, Claresholm and Fort MacLeod for the following reasons:

  • They function as a watershed for the Highwood River, Willow Creek and Oldman River plus various aquifers, thus protecting the water supply of the South Saskatchewan River as well as many people who rely on wells for water.

  • They are the long-term economic backbone of South-Western Alberta, providing jobs and food for people in our towns and cities.

  • They sustain rural families.

  • The grassland foothills grounds our roots, heritage and pride.

  • They are a very efficient ecosystem, growing food with little in the way of artificial energy inputs.

  • They grow the best beef in the world.

  • They efficiently remove carbon from the air and fix it in the soil, thus helping to prevent the potential of global warming.

  • The scenic vistas of the grassland foothills attracts tourists and the film industry, thus providing economic benefit and 'clean' jobs.

  • The grassland nurtures the country and cowboy culture.



The Albertan

The Pekisko Rangeland is valuable for people living anywhere in Alberta for the following reasons:

  • They function as a watershed for the Highwood River, Willow Creek and Oldman River plus various aquifers, thus protecting the water supply of the South Saskatchewan River as well as many people who rely on wells for water.

  • They efficiently remove carbon from the air and fix it in the soil, thus helping to prevent the potential of global warming.

  • The scenic vistas of the grassland foothills attracts tourists and the film industry, thus providing economic benefit and 'clean' jobs.

  • They prevent soil erosion.

  • They help to define who we are as Albertans.

  • They are a symbol of our hardiness and independence.

  • The grassland nurtures the country and cowboy culture.



The Canadian

The Pekisko Rangeland is valuable for people living anywhere in Canada, and especially the prairie provinces, for the following reasons:

  • The grassland foothills are a national icon - one of the scenic areas that represents Canada.

  • They are part of the last block of surviving native fescue grass in the country.

  • They function as a watershed supplying clean water for the South Saskatchewan River that flows across the prairie and ultimately into Hudson Bay.

  • They grow the best beef in the world.

  • They efficiently remove carbon from the air and fix it in the soil, thus helping to prevent the potential of global warming.

  • The scenic vistas of the grassland foothills attracts tourists and the film industry, thus providing economic benefit for all of Canada.

  • They provide high-protein feed for wildlife as well as cattle, and thus there is more animal wildlife in the foothills than the adjacent mountain parks.



The International Visitor

The Pekisko Rangeland is valuable for people living anywhere in the world for the following reasons:

  • They are part of the last block of surviving native fescue grass in the world, supporting biological diversity and heritage species.

  • The grassland nurtures the country and cowboy culture, well-known around the world.

  • They efficiently remove carbon from the air and fix it in the soil, thus helping to prevent the potential of global warming.

  • They protect wildlife by providing high-protein year-round grazing for ungulates.

  • They grow the best beef in the world - Alberta Beef.


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