The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has announced the successful completion of its fundraising campaign to conserve McIntyre Ranch to start Earth Day (April 22). 

The 22,000-hectare property is located on the Milk River Ridge, approximately 40 miles south of Lethbridge. It is home to more than 150 species of plants and animals.

The land will now be used strictly for grazing cattle and conserving prairie grasslands and wetlands, and it's the most significant conservation agreement in Canadian history.

"The successful completion of the McIntyre Ranch campaign underscores the power of collaboration and community engagement in conserving Canada's Prairie grasslands," explained NCC Regional Vice-President Tom Lynch-Staunton. 

Since its founding in 1894, the iconic ranch has been a cornerstone of Canada's ranching legacy. It boasts a rich history as one of the nation's oldest and largest operations.

With just two proprietors in its storied past, the current owners, now in their fourth generation, continue to uphold its proud heritage and tradition.

The Thrall Family will continue to own and operate McIntyre Ranch, with NCC and Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) supporting its stewardship.

"We hope this significant milestone is just one of many future achievements in our collective efforts to safeguard one of our planet's most endangered ecosystems while ensuring a sustainable ranching future." 

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