How Our Project Helps the Environment
Tall-grass prairie is one of Manitoba's most threatened natural habitats with less than 1% of its original extent remaining. The tall-grass prairies of BHPP support Canada's largest population of nationally threatened Western Silvery Aster. At least 10 acres of tall-grass prairie are thought to be disturbed along the Cedar Bog Trail. Non-native plant species and woody encroachment are both threats to tall-grass prairies in BHPP. The locally adapted prairie plants present in the park provide a good base for restoration efforts. Management activities aimed at planting additional native species, removing non-native and woody species, and establishing a new population of Western Silvery Aster would enhance the ecological value of these sites.