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Description
Mixed Vegetation Near Lake Audy, Riding Mountain National Park

The photograph shows the northern part of Lake Audy 1 with the Little Saskatchewan River 2 draining into it from the north and Jackfish Creek draining to it from the east 3. Another small, unnamed lake 4 can be seen in the south. It was once considerably larger and is now ringed by emergent aquatic vegetation 5.

Vegetation includes deciduous woodland, coniferous woodland, and grassland. Deciduous woodland, light-toned with a mottled texture, is widespread 6, whereas dark-toned coniferous woodland 7 is more localized. Very light-toned grassland covers a large area east of the lake 8 and a smaller area to the north 9. Much of the vegetation is natural, but some coniferous trees have clearly been planted 10. The main grassed area is used as a compound for a buffalo herd, one of the few left on the prairies. Tourists are allowed to drive along a peripheral trail 11 in order to view the animals. Large though they are, they are not big enough to show up on this small-scale photo. A faint cut line through the deciduous woodland is probably the location of part of the fence around the compound 12.

Several trails lead into and out of the area 13, one leading to the campground 14 on the lakeshore.

Notes

Figure 5.17

Mixed Vegetation Near Lake Audy, Riding Mountain National Park