What does LCARF want to do?
Promote the importance of riparian health on feeder creeks, and the natural capital value of native grasses, particularly Rough Fescue, in the watersheds of the Bow & Little Red Deer rivers in the counties of Bighorn, Mountain View and Rockyview.
• Obtain funding for baseline water testing on feeder creeks in our geographic area. NB This initiative is currently funded and in progress on Horse Creek in Rockyview County.
• Liaise with pipeline operators on use of native grasses in restoration projects, where appropriate.
• Share relevant knowledge with First Nations people – the original ecologists when they lived in harmony with, and
About Rough Fescue
a.k.a. “Prairie Wool” or tatâga ta-wonâpche ‘Buffalo food’ in the Nakoda language*
Rough Fescue (Festuca scabrella) 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 is that, when the grass rests from the growing phase and dries, it still contains significant amounts of protein, which was 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 climates differ, which have less food value than fescue grasses in the winter.