Projects Inventory


Shell Buffalo Hills Conservation Ranch




Audience(s): Cow-Calf   Project Type(s): Demonstration

Shell Buffalo Hills Conservation Ranch is a is a fully operational cattle ranch that includes 4,130 acres of pristine, native grasslands, as well as an additional 1,769 acres of tame hay lands. In total, this area represents nearly 6,000 acres for breeding, migration and wintering of 159 bird species that use both native prairie and the boreal forest of Alberta. 

This is one of the last remaining tracts of native prairie grassland located within an area of intensive grain production. Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is focused on retaining the existing native prairie and small wetland habitat, which includes approximately 800 basins.

The Shell Buffalo Hills Conservation Ranch will truly become a legacy of the important work DUC does for wetlands and waterfowl in Canada and across the continent. It is open for public enjoyment including hiking, birding and hunting. The purchase was made possible with the financial support of Shell Canada.


Goal #4: Enhance riparian health and reduce the water footprint of beef production

Indicators Addressed:
  • Riparian areas, wetlands, surface and ground water sources and nutrient runoff are responsibly managed to help maintain or enhance watershed health.
Communication Tools:

DUC communications and marketing staff promote the ranch as a demonstration area to producers, the public and industry in Alberta through media releases, earned media, social media, digital marketing, partner relations, and by using internal communications tools such as, a national magazine, e-newsletter distribution to members and volunteers, and annual reporting.

Tagged as: Environment