The large badlands valley along Paint Earth Creek, connected to the Battle River valley, contains Paint Earth Coulee Natural Area with a PNT designation.
Paintearth Coulee NA includes badlands formations within the coulee, shrubby riparian vegetation along the creek, which is a tributary of the Battle River, and grasslands with a prairie flora. Grazing by cattle also occurs in the coulee.
Map of the Area
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This large badlands valley along Paint Earth Creek contains Paint Earth Coulee Natural Area. In 2016, it was without a steward. Despite its size, there is no obvious public access to this beautiful area, as it is largely fenced off for cattle grazing. On the plus side, the current management regime does seem to be beneficial to the diverse and very natural badland flora. Nearby Big Knife Provincial Park no doubt offers similar botanical and wildlife experiences .
Paintearth County was formed in 1962 and was the amalgamation of previous Municipal Districts. It is named for Paintearth Creek .
|Site Name||Paintearth Coulee (PNT)|
|Site Type||Natural Area|
|Subtype||Protective Notation (PNT)|
|Natural Region(s)||Central Parkland|
|O.C. No. (Land Ref. Manual)||N/A|
|PASite ID (Map Ref #)||397|
|Site # (Parks Website)|
|Total Area||520.11 ha. (1285.23 ac.)|
|Notes and Comments|
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- Paint Earth Coulee NA, Paintearth County, SAPAA Newsletter #33, May 2016, p.3.
- Aubrey, Merrily K., ed. Concise Place Names of Alberta. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2006.
- North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance, State of the Watershed Report, Paintearth, p.137 (Accessed 2022-10-29)