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Much of Bragg Creek is hidden in the trees alonside the Elbow River. The southern extremity of the boreal forest is here. The area straddles the watershed divide between the Bow and Elbow rivers. It is remarkable for the large number of well-defined plant communities (over 200), an abundant bird population (over 100 species) and a healthy mamal populations (est. 25 species).

Kananaskis is used for logging and resource extraction. The companies involved study the effects of their activities on natural habitat. Nature studies and water studies have been undertaken by a variety of groups and institutions.

Environment

The environment to most of us is greenhouse gas, global warming, air and water polution. Here in Bragg Creek the impact of land use on the environment, in particular on the watershed that supplies water to Calgary is about to become a very big issue. The days of the septic tank are numbered. Alberta Environment wants a regional water system that can be monitored and controlled so the quality and quantity of water in the Elbow River can be regulated. Residents are rising up, advocating against large scale developments in order to preserve the water supply and their privacy.

This site cannot deal with environmental issues in any depth, but we can attempt to present information of interest to residents and visitors where it affects the quality of life and opportunities to enjoy the outdoor experience.

At left you'll find links to info on how to avoid, or deal with encounters with bears and cougars. In the Kananaskis section we have a sampling of some of the wild animals and wild flowers common to the area.

Ecotourism

Bragg Creek is a popular destination for visitors. But, there are problems in this little piece of paradise. Many different groups are searching for a way through an uncertain future. Business people are trying to survive. Environmentalists worry that unbridled growth in Calgary will overwhelm us. Check the Ecotourism Section where some of the issues we face, and a proposal that combines the interests of business and the environment suggests that ecotourism might be a solution.