BRITISH COLUMBIA – Vancouver-based Teck Resources is contributing $2 million to the Nature Conservancy of Canada to help protect Lot 48 on Columbia Lake approximately 5 km south of Fairmont Hot Springs.
The lake is a key habitat for bighorn sheep, elk and a number of rare and endangered species. The lot, on the east side of the lake, also includes wetlands near the headwaters of the Columbia River system that form part of the longest uninterrupted wetland in North America. Protecting Lot 48 will connect over 7,600 ha of land which together create critical north-south and east-west wildlife corridors.
The land also has important cultural value for the Ktunaxa First Nation. For thousands of years the Ktunaxa used the area as a transportation route to the prairies and as a site for villages and camps. In their stories the area is celebrated as the cradle of human life. Numerous archeological sites have also been documented in this area including pictographs and burial sites.
This investment will also build on Teck’s recently announced partnership with the Vancouver Aquarium. The northern leopard frog is a species the Aquarium is currently working to reproduce at its facility. Protecting Lot 48 will complete the protection of the east side of Columbia Lake, which is in the crucial headwaters of a potential future frog release site in the Columbia wetlands.
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