Rough Fescue, Festuca scabrella (aka Prairie Wool or tataga ta-wonapche ‘Buffalo Food’ in the Nakoda language) has been an important constituent of Canada’s Prairie Grasslands for many thousands of years. It is well adapted to the soils and climate found here.
A valuable attribute of Rough Fescue is that, when the grass rests from the growing phase and dries it still contains significant amounts of protein which is critical to carrying the browsing wildlife, e.g. vast herds of Bison, through the winter. This is in contrast to some grass species introduced by immigrants from overseas where the climates differ which has less food value than fescue grasses in the winter.
We aim to promote the importance of Riparian Habitat Health along with an awareness of natural capital value provided by native grasses such as Rough Fescue.
Our geographic area will be the feeder creeks in the watersheds of the Bow/Little Red Deer Rivers in three counties – Rockyview, Mountainview and Bighorn.
It will also try to engage with pipeline operators on restoration projects.
Membership $5 or donations
Sarah Leete I’ve been around horses since I was 4 and I’m now approaching 70! Am a certified "English Riding Instructor" (UK and Canada) altho' not teaching much anymore. Lessons are available by arrangement- bring your own horses. I’m keeping busy with this new society LCARF which promotes the importance of riparian health and the restoration of native grasses. I continue to ride the fences on my old grey mare and am always happy to show off the delights of the area NW of Cochrane. I am not in business as such just keeping the property in shape – which is a full time job as you know.
You are welcome to visit me and tour the Heritage House – and in particular the Riparian Health and Rough Fescue Restoration Projects nearby.