Birch Mountains Wildland

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Birch Mountains Wildland
IUCN category Ib (wilderness area)
Map showing the location of Birch Mountains Wildland
Map showing the location of Birch Mountains Wildland
Map showing the location of Birch Mountains Wildland
Map showing the location of Birch Mountains Wildland
Location of Birch Mountains Wildland in Alberta
Location Wood Buffalo, Alberta, Canada
Nearest city Fort MacKay
Coordinates 57°30′31″N 112°57′29″W / 57.50861°N 112.95806°W / 57.50861; -112.95806Coordinates: 57°30′31″N 112°57′29″W / 57.50861°N 112.95806°W / 57.50861; -112.95806
Governing body Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation

Birch Mountains Wildland is located within the Birch Mountains in Alberta. It contains one of Canada's only free-roaming wood bison herds outside of Wood Buffalo National Park.

The area has a very diverse ecosystem that supports lake trout, lake whitefish, cisco, Arctic grayling, walleye and yellow perch; osprey and bald eagles and many more. The rare, spore-bearing plant quillwort was discovered in the area in 2004.[1][2]

The Wildland contains 357,066.96 acres. It is accessible only by fly-in during the summer, and by snowmobile during the winter.[3] There are no developed camping facilities in the park, except for two commercial backcountry lodges: Namur Lake Lodge and Island Lake Lodge. Hiking, fishing, camping, hunting, ice fishing, and on-site OHV riding are welcome.

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