The Province has acquired four additional ecologically sensitive properties throughout British Columbia, thanks to a partnership with the Nature Conservancy of Canada.
The Province recently assumed ownership of the following properties:
- 64 hectares along the Fraser River near McBride as part of the West Twin Protected Area, featuring fish and wildlife habitat, including a rare stand of cottonwood.
- 63 hectares of low-lying wetland, upland forest, trails and interpretive signage at the Natasha Boyd Conservation Area, near McBride.
- 3.2 hectares of upland forest, including second-growth coastal Douglas fir forest, at Cusheon Cove in Ruckle Provincial Park on Saltspring Island.
- 0.6 hectares at Elizabeth Lake Conservation area near Cranbrook, which includes a bird sanctuary, hiking trails and wetland and shoreline habitat.
These properties contain diverse habitats and are home to a wide variety of wildlife.
Formerly owned by The Land Conservancy of BC (TLC), these four high-priority conservation properties were transferred from TLC to the Nature Conservancy of Canada last year, as part of TLC’s debt management plan. The Province’s recent acquisition supports the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s efforts to ensure the ongoing conservation status of 26 ecologically-important properties. The arrangement required a cash contribution to assist in the repayment of TLC’s creditors.
The properties are in addition to four other properties the Province previously acquired through its $1-million commitment to preserving and protecting conservation lands, announced in October 2015. Those acquisitions included two properties along the Cowichan River on Vancouver Island, the Similkameen River Pines property in the South Okanagan and the Woods Family property near Castlegar.
Mary Polak, Minister of Environment –
“Thank you to the Nature Conservancy of Canada for its efforts to help ensure these important properties remain protected for future generations to enjoy. These unique areas, ranging from a bird sanctuary to a coastal forest, will complement B.C.’s beautiful world-renowned parks system.”
Linda Hannah, B.C. regional vice president, Nature Conservancy of Canada –
“The Nature Conservancy of Canada was extremely motivated to ensure these important properties remain protected, and to uphold the expectations of the donors who had originally contributed to their conservation. We are grateful for the support of the Province in helping to ensure these conservation lands will continue to be part of the British Columbia’s incredible conservation legacy.”
- In British Columbia, there are 1,032 provincial parks, recreation areas, conservancies, ecological reserves and protected areas covering more than 14 million hectares or approximately 14.4% of the provincial land base.
- One of the largest park systems in the world, British Columbia has the highest percentage of its land base dedicated to protected areas of all provincial Canadian jurisdictions.
- Since 1962, NCC and its partners have helped protect more than 1.1 million hectares of land across Canada.
To learn more about BC Parks, please visit: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/
To learn more about the Nature Conservancy of Canada and its work, please visit: http://www.natureconservancy.ca/en/