BRITISH COLUMBIA – In a move to protect a valuable ecosystem and wildlife area, TECK COMINCO METALS announced plans to transfer more than 2,200 acres of land along the Columbia River near its Trail metallurgical complex to The Land Conservancy (TLC).
Known as the Fort Shepherd Flats, the lands contain a rare bio-geo-climatic area unique in British Columbia. It also contains a number of species-at-risk including great blue herons, canyon wrens, Townsend’s big-eared bats, and racers. The area provides valuable winter range for mule deer. The land also has historical value as it was the site of the Hudson Bay Company’s Fort Shepherd trading post from 1857-70.
Teck Cominco will be transferring the land to the TLC at a substantial $1 million discount below fair market value.
Ian Fawcett, deputy executive director of The Land Conservancy, may be reached at 250-479-8053 or 250-888-1608.