Tina Scott is trying to educate the public on the widely unknown Gibbons Cactus Badlands Preserve (GCBP).
Being a resident in the town for 23 years, Scott has always enjoyed walking the Gibbons-Sturgeon Valley trails but lately she's been advocating for the rare prickly pear cactus, which can only be found in southern parts of Alberta, including the Drumheller badlands area.
The fact that they grow so far north is a novel on its own.
Located on the far slope of the valley trails, the preserve is in danger due to the constant use of snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles in the valley (despite the town's efforts to keep riders off).
A fence had even been cut so people could get through. After alerting the town, Scott says they've promptly fixed it.
"The habitat it lives in is natural. It's never been touched by plow or anything, so what we have on the far side of our river is a wonderful ecological area that has never been touched by man," she explained. "In this day in age, humans have had a huge impact upon the environment and I feel it's important to preserve natural areas should you have them within your town."
The area is also interesting due to the possibility of fossils being present in the ancient soil and clay. In the past fossilized plant matter from 130 to 150-million years ago have been found.
While she understands people want to have fun with the snow and enjoy the winter weather, all Scott asks is that snowmobilers don't ride in places they weren't supposed to in the first place.
She believes more education and interest from volunteers to help the town will go a long way in preserving the GCBP but the first step is building proper fencing to restrict access.
Over 155 plant species can be found in the area. Garter snakes also populated the area vastly in the past but have since started to dwindle.