The area that we live in is called the Special Areas of Alberta — and it is very special. TK Ranch is located on some of the last tracts of wild northern fescue prairie — only 4% is left in the world. We manage this diverse and wild landscape with the knowledge that thousands of species rely on our caring stewardship – many that are threatened or endangered. Below is a satellite image of where TK Ranch is located.
Take a close look and you will see that we have become an island of wild prairie surrounded by a patchwork of farmland. From this perspective you can understand how threatened this ecosystem really is. Last year when we received the National Prairie Conservation Award it was any eye-opening experience. We knew that people were breaking the prairie to plant crops, but not at the rate that it is being lost. It was then that we realized how important it was to continue our work at building a sustainable model for agriculture.
The ranch is located on the northern edge of Special Area #2 in the Special Areas of Alberta. The ranch is north of Secondary Highway 586 and west of Highway 872 and encompasses approximately 10,000 acres. We are truly in the middle of “everywhere” — 300 kms from Calgary, 230 kms from Red Deer, 300 kms from Edmonton, 450 kms from Saskatoon, 250 kms from Medicine Hat and 350 kms from Lethbridge.