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Nature Trust buys Meteor Lake Wetlands

Meteor Lake Wetlands. Carl MacNaughton photo

Today, The Nature Trust of British Columbia, one of the province’s leading non-profit land conservation organizations, has purchased 235 hectares of ecologically important land, located within the Meteor Lake Wetlands – one of the largest and most biodiverse wetlands in the Upper Fraser River watershed. Now conserved with support from the Prince George community, the land will never be sold or developed.

“We are incredibly grateful for the support of the Prince George community. Their awe-inspiring generosity means we are able to protect these important wetlands for generations to come. The purchase of this land will allow the peatlands to remain untouched and the species within to flourish.”

“Land conservation is a key piece of fighting climate change,” said Dr. Jasper Lament, CEO of The Nature Trust of BC. “Their awe-inspiring generosity means we are able to protect these important wetlands for generations to come. The purchase of this land will allow the peatlands to remain untouched and the species within to flourish. We can’t fight climate change without ensuring that our ecosystems are healthy. When we protect biodiversity, we help protect our planet.”

The property now known as Meteor Lake Wetland–Bog provides extraordinary benefits to the climate. The land contains rare peatland ecosystems which are powerful carbon sinks, trapping large amounts of greenhouse gasses, such as methane and carbon. Peatlands comprise only three per cent of the global land area and are composed of organic matter which has accumulated over the span of thousands of years without decomposing. Found sparsely in northern B.C. and along the Cariboo and South Coast, peatlands currently contain 25 per cent of the world’s soil carbon which is twice the amount of carbon that is absorbed by the world’s forests. 

The wetlands themselves provide important services to the climate, as the bogs and fens absorb, filter, and regulate water flow which prevents catastrophic upland flooding. 

Meteor Lake Wetland-Bog not only offers a host of climate regulating benefits, it provides habitat, breeding grounds, and food for Grizzly Bears and Moose as well as threatened and at-risk mammals, birds like the Northern Goshawk (SARA Schedule 1 – Threatened). There is a historical sighting of White Sturgeon (SARA Schedule 1 – Endangered) within the property and critical habitat for this ancient species is located nearby. The bog and fen ecosystems within the property also contain rare and specialized flora and fauna, including two provincially rare blue-listed ecological communities. 

The purchase of this land ensures that the delicate ecosystems and vibrant biodiversity has a chance to thrive. The conservation of land is key to tackling the twin crises of biodiversity loss and climate change.

 

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