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June 13, 2007
Land Cairns-ervation
Cairns, Alta. shown here circled in red, has been declared as “ecologically sensitive” by Environment Canada’s EcoGift program. The hall at Cairns, Alta. (bottom photo) built in 1913 was a focal point for homesteaders of the Cairns district. It served the Baptist congregation as church and was used for concerts, political meetings and picnics. Empty now, as is the store and post office, it holds memories of that busy time. From the artist’s collection. © Acrylic by Margaret Holmes.
Over 1,000 Acres Handed to Nature Group by Anonymous Donor
• Cairns Property Declared an Ecological Sensitive Area
An anonymous donation means that the old community of Cairns will be conserved by the Nature Conservancy of Canada for future generations.

In 2006, the lands surrounding the Cairns townsite were sold to the donor, who then donated this “incredible property” to the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) says spokesman Ainsley Brodeur.

The Cairns area, 12 miles west of Provost and five miles northwest of the hamlet of Cadogan, was first settled by homesteaders in 1907. Later that year, the Canadian Pacific Railway surveyed the rail line, laid out the townsite and named it Cairns. Trains started running in 1910, and Cairns became a bustling hamlet—the hub of a close-knit agricultural community. In 1959, when the post office and store closed, Cairns silently became a ghost town and the buildings began to fall into disrepair.

Today, the train still goes through the historic Cairns district, but hasn’t stopped in many years. “Only the empty store and the church keep silent guard to the memories of Cairns” (Hillcrest Heritage Society, Prairie Echoes: Metiskow, Cadogan, Cairns Precious Memories of the former Hillcrest Municipality, 1976. page 132). The old store, which can be seen from 30 miles away, still stands as a landmark for the town.

“This area hosts an impressive diversity and abundance of wildlife and migratory birds,” said Larry Simpson, regional vice president of NCC’s Alberta region. “Because of its rich ecological and historical value, the Nature Conservancy of Canada was absolutely delighted to accept the donation of this property by a generous anonymous donor.”
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is a non-profit land trust organization dedicated to preserving biodiversity through the conservation of ecologically significant natural areas. NCC pursues conservation through private action, and much of its success can be attributed to the visionary landowners with whom they work. With the foresight and leadership of the individuals and families that own and steward Alberta’s private land base, NCC is leading the way in habitat conservation in Alberta. Since 1962, NCC and its partners have helped to conserve more than 1.9 million acres (768,900 hectares) of ecologically significant land nationwide.

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Provost District 4-H Achievement Days Held at Czar Rodeo Grounds
The Czar/Metiskow Beef Club hosted the annual district beef achievement day at the Czar Lake Rodeo Grounds under the big top on June 6 and 7. The female show took place on Wednesday as well as the Market Steer judging competition. The steer show and other classes took place on Thursday.

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12 Chauvin Graduates Honoured at Dr. Folkins Community School
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Street Spokesman
This week we ask : "What Do You Like About the Seniors’ Fair?"
. . . and we heard opinions from Florence Fossen, Mary Oberst, Ken Pickard, Pansy Fossen, and George Windham.
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