The province has acquired four additional ecologically sensitive properties throughout British Columbia, thanks to a partnership with the Nature Conservancy of Canada.
Two of the properties are located near McBride … a 64-hectare parcel 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 and a 63-hectare parcel of low-lying wetland, upland forest, trails and interpretive signage at the Natasha Boyd Conservation Area, near McBride.
Formerly owned by The Land Conservancy of BC (TLC), the 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 other two properties acquired by the province include 3.2 hectares of upland forest, including second-growth coastal Douglas fir forest, at Cusheon Cove in Ruckle Provincial Park on Saltspring Island and 0.6 hectares at Elizabeth Lake Conservation area near Cranbrook, which includes a bird sanctuary, hiking trails and wetland and shoreline habitat.
“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,” said Linda Hannah, B.C. regional vice president, Nature Conservancy of Canada,” in a press release. “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.”
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.