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Carnwood Modeste January 2022 Site Visit

With steep ravines, much of the Carnwood Modeste Natural Area (NA) is inaccessible to all but the numerous white-tailed deer populations. This NA is within 20 km of 8-15 other natural areas including the well-known Coyote Lake Natural Area (see map below).

Carnwood-Modeste at the center of a yellow 20km circle with other natural areas in or near the circle.
Natural Areas within 20 km (yellow circle) of Carnwood Modeste Natural Area. Note the map is approximately 35 km x 19 km in dimension.
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Summer 2021 Visit to Welch Creek Natural Area

  • Date of visit: Thursday, July 22, 2021
  • People: Patsy, Manna, Hubert
  • Duration: about 3 hrs (11:30 am – 2:30 pm)
  • Weather: overcast, ominous clouds to the west
  • Last hour: rainstorm, misty atmosphere

The only road access is at the SW corner of the NA reached by use of
Township Rd 514A and Range Road 52. From there an oilfield road runs to the centre of the western boundary of the NA (for details see the Google map).
Site receives few visitors; no trails; no disturbance other than the centre west oilfield installation.
Tony Blake of Red Deer is the Government-appointed Roving Steward for this and many other Natural Areas in Central Alberta.

Mountain death camas (Anticlea elegans) in treed fen
Mountain death camas (Anticlea elegans) in treed fen

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