VICTORIA, BC, Oct. 18, 2013 /CNW/ - The Nature Conservancy of Canada
(NCC) applauds the recent announcement by Teck Resources Limited that
it will acquire over 17,000 acres (7,000 hectares) of land in the Elk
and Flathead valleys with the intention of setting them aside for
The Flathead Townsite and a portion of the Alexander Creek in the Elk
Valley have been under a 10-year moratorium agreement between NCC and
former owners Tembec. The moratorium is due to expire in 2014. Seeing
these lands now able to be conserved beyond the moratorium is a
testament to their ongoing importance to the natural integrity of the
NCC congratulates Teck for its ongoing commitment to conservation in
southeastern British Columbia. In 2012, the company contributed $2
million to NCC's campaign to protect an important conservation property
on Columbia Lake.
"We look forward to working with Teck in the days and months ahead to
further the conservation agenda in the Elk Valley and Flathead
Watershed," said Linda Hannah, BC regional vice president, Nature
Conservancy of Canada. "Teck's commitment to land conservation in
southeastern BC provides the basis for a fruitful partnership."
The Elk and Flathead Valleys sustain intact wildlife corridors used by
wide-ranging animals moving across the Crowsnest Highway and between
British Columbia and Alberta. This area supports an incredible
diversity of species, including bighorn sheep, moose, wolverine, elk
and the highest density of grizzly bear in the interior of North
NCC holds 10,411 acres (4,213 hectares) of conservation lands in the Elk
Valley. These lands are concentrated around three high priority
In 2012, NCC assisted the Province of BC in funding the Flathead
Watershed Area Conservation Act, which prohibits mineral and gas
exploration in the Canadian portion of the Flathead River Valley.
Large-landscape conservation allows the potential for ecosystems and
species to adapt to changing habitats as a result of climate change.
NCC is dedicated to implementing innovative conservation solutions at
the community level. NCC has created successful conservation models for
the "working landscapes" with agriculture, mining and timber interests.
About the Nature Conservancy of Canada
The Nature Conservancy of Canada is the nation's leading land
conservation organization, working to protect our most important
natural areas and the species they sustain. Since 1962 NCC and its
partners have helped to protect more than 2.6 million acres (over 1
million hectares), coast to coast.
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SOURCE: Nature Conservancy of Canada
For further information:
Communications Manager, BC Region, Nature Conservancy of Canada