Lac du Bois Grasslands Protected Area
|Lac du Bois Grasslands Protected Area|
|Location||Thompson-Nicola RD, British Columbia|
|Area||15,712 ha (60.66 sq mi)|
|Established||30 April 1996|
|Governing body||BC Parks|
|Website||BC Parks Lac du Bois Grasslands|
Lac du Bois Grasslands Protected Area is a protected area located north of Kamloops in British Columbia, Canada. The protected area was established by BC Parks on 30 April 1996 to protect a unique mixed forest-grassland ecosystem overlooking the North and South forks of the Thompson River.
Lac du Bois Grasslands is set within the southern foothills of the Bonaparte Plateau, which itself is part of the much larger Interior Plateau that bisects the province. These foothills vary in topography from gently rolling hills interspersed with small lakes and ponds to the prominent rocky cliffs overlooking Kamloops Lake. The soils of this region are predominantly alkaline.
The protected area is dominated by fields of junegrass and bluebunch wheatgrass broken-up by small groves of Ponderosa pine and Douglas fir. These grasslands gradually transition into a forest-dominated ecosystem at higher elevations.
Resident mammal species of note include black bear, bighorn sheep, moose, mule deer, and white-tailed deer. Resident bird species of note include flammulated owl, harrier, sharp-tailed grouse, long-billed curlew, and various waterfowl species. The grasslands also provide habitat for western rattlesnake near the northern extent of their range.
Lac du Bois Grasslands is open year-round and can be accessed via Lac du Bois Road or Tranquille-Criss Creek Forest Service Road. Off-road vehicles are prohibited within the protected area. Popular activities include hiking, mountain biking, wildlife viewing, fishing, and hunting during open season.
- "Lac Du Bois Grasslands Protected Area". Protected Planet. Retrieved 2020-09-15.
- McIntosh, Ph.D. & Associates, Terry (2009-08-11). "An Ecological Area Assessment for the Lac du Bois Grasslands, Kamloops, B.C." (PDF). bcgrasslands.org. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2020-09-20. Retrieved 2020-09-20.
- Environment, Ministry of. "Lac du Bois Grasslands Protected Area - BC Parks". bcparks.ca. Retrieved 2020-09-20.
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