A representative from Nature Conservancy Canada (NCC) visited Lillooet Aug. 12 for a helicopter overview of potential properties that could be protected by the NCC.
BC Director of Land Securement Thomas Swann took a flight with Scott Taylor and later met with Lillooet Naturalist Society president.
The NCC is acquiring some of the properties that the Land Conservancy of B.C. has been forced to sell because of financial difficulties. The Land Conservancy recently received court approval to sell and transfer 27 properties, which will allow the organization to pay off $5 million of its $8 million debt.
One of those 27 properties is the Talking Mountain/Reynolds Ranch on the West Pavilion Road. It incorporates approximately 380 ha of deeded land and a 17,000 ha grazing licence on Crown Land.
Birch-Jones sent an email to Naturalist Society members saying the Nature Conservancy is interested in doing more in the Lillooet area. “So if you know of a land parcel with high conservation values, where the owner is looking to sell but would like to keep the property ‘intact,’ bring that idea forward,” she wrote.
The Nature Conservancy plans to send a representative to next month’s Salmon in the Canyon celebration to learn more about the potential for land conservation in this area.
Since its first acquisition in B.C. in 1974, the NCC has protected almost one million acres (400,000 hectares) of this province’s most ecologically significant land and water.
NCC says its mission is to “lead, innovate and use creativity in the conservation of Canada’s natural heritage. We will secure important natural areas through their purchase, donation or other mechanisms, and then manage these properties for the long term.”