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July 2020 eNews
Welcome Youth Conservationists
Priority Project: Princeton Grassland Phase II
After our successful acquisition of the Princeton Grasslands - MapleCros s Meadow (Phase I), we need your help to add 963 acres to this spectacular conservation complex.
Grasslands cover only 1% of British Columbia, but provide habitat for 30% of the province’s species at risk.
The endangered American Badger has been seen on the boundary of this property. The threatened Northern Goshawk and Barn Swallow have been observed near the western edge. In addition, Princeton Grasslands provides critical habitat for threatened Lewis’s Woodpecker and endangered Williamson’s Sapsucker, and important winter range for Mule Deer.
We are delighted to have the support of MapleCross who have committed to match donations
up to $650,000. This is an outstanding opportunity to double the value of your gift and do twice as much for land conservation in BC.
Update on our Board
Ron Anderson
Rob Doyle
After 8 years of dedicated volunteer service, Ron Anderson completed his term on The Nature Trust of BC’s Board of Directors. During this time, the Nature Trust acquired 29 new properties, conserving 2799 acres of ecologically significant land. As chair from June 2017 to 2019, Ron oversaw a number of important initiatives including the development of new five year strategic plan, moving the office to downtown Vancouver and establishing a new conservation fundraising committee.
On behalf of everyone at The Nature Trust of BC, thank you Ron for helping us to leave a lasting legacy to nature.
Rob Doyle , Chief Financial Officer of Pan American Silver Corp, is the newest member of our board of directors. Rob is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst. He served as the Vice-Chair of Covenant House Vancouver’s very successful Capital Executive Campaign. As an outdoor enthusiast with a spirit of adventure, Rob has a passion for nature conservation and the protection of biodiversity.
Enhancing Estuary Resilience: Cluxewe Estuary
This stunning bird’s eye view shows the Cluxewe River estuary at the north east end of Vancouver Island, one of the 15 estuaries that The Nature Trust is monitoring as part of the Enhancing Estuary Resilience project.
The river travels 27km and drains into the Broughton Strait at the north east end of Vancouver Island. The Nature Trust of BC acquired 45ha in 1981 and worked cooperatively with the Province to establish the Cluxewe Wildlife Management Area in 2001 (total area 137ha).
This is the traditional territory of the Kwakiutl First Nation. The Nature Trust will be working with the Kwakiutl First Nation on this monitoring project. The five-year project aims to improve estuary habitat to enhance the long-term sustainability and health of wild BC fish stocks. Read more about the project .