Elk Island National Park


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Elk Island National Park,

75 sq mi (194 sq km), central Alta., Canada, near Edmonton; est. 1913. It occupies a wooded rolling region in the midst of level farmland. The park is Canada's major fenced preserve for plains and wood bison and other prairie animals. Numerous small lakes offer summertime recreation.
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Elk Island National Park

Address:Site 4 RR 1
Fort Saskatchewan, AB T8L2N7

Phone:780-992-2950
Fax:780-992-2951
Web: www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/ab/elkisland
Size: 194 sq. km.
Established: 1906.
Location:35 km east of Edmonton, Alberta, on Yellowhead Hwy 16 east.
Facilities:Visitor center, 2 campgrounds, 11 trails (90 km;@di), picnic areas, restrooms, boat launch, 9-hole golf course. Services and facilities are concentrated in Astotin Lake area.
Activities:Camping, hiking, wildlife viewing, boating, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, golfing, environmental education programs.
Special Features:Elk Island is one of four national parks that represent the Southern Boreal Plains and Plateau natural region. It protects a portion of the transitional grassland ecosystem, a landscape that once stretched across the central portion of the continent. In addition to wildlife that includes plains and wood bison, elk, moose, deer, coyote, and beaver, park is home to 250+ bird species.

See other parks in Alberta.
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Before they were moved from Elk Island National Park, the bison were quarantined for three weeks for health testing until they were deemed disease free.
Populus forest characterization in Elk Island National Park relative to herbivory, prescribed fire, and topography.
The objective here is to review factors potentially contributing to tick-related die-offs of moose using published literature, reports, and observations from central Alberta, particularly Elk Island National Park and vicinity; then, to assess specific factors or influences that might be used to predict epizootics of ticks and die-offs of moose.
They put blood-fed, adult, female winter ticks in outdoor, screen-wire cages at Elk Island National Park at biweekly intervals from early March to late April-mid May, 1982 and 1983, and monitored for survival.
On April 2, Fox, who holds the Beaver Bundle along with her husband, conducted a Beaver Bundle ceremony as buffalo were transferred from Elk Island National Park to Blackfeet Nation land in Montana.
"Spiritually, I thought (the treaty) was a very special thing and where the government of Canada can support such a special initiative, we're absolutely there," said Stephen Flemming, superintendent at Elk Island National Park. The park was not a signatory to the treaty.
Two hundred and thirty Canadian bison have been moved from Elk Island National Park to Montana, where their ancestors came from.