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Preserving South Okanagan land

The Nature Trust of British Columbia, a land conservation organization based in BC, is looking to complete the purchase of a vital protected area in the South Okanagan in the next two months.

The area, considered to be one of the four most endangered ecosystems in Canada,  is located south of Vaseux Lake in the Antelope Brush Conservation Area, where the nature trust has already made two acquisitions totalling 104.8 hectares, 259 acres.

The third portion covers 13.72 hectares and is expected to cost $1.6 million.

"This purchase will complete one of the largest private holdings of antelope brush in the South Okanagan and conserve the high biodiversity values of the area," said Nick Burdock, Okanagan conservation land coordinator for the nature trust. "It's also a critically important wildlife habitat and connects to other conservation areas which will provide opportunities for species to adapt to climate change over time."

It is considered a critical project since there are less than 3,400 hectares of Antelope-brush needle-and-thread grasslands remaining in the area, with a large portion threatened by development.

In total, 20 at risk species also make the area their home, including the Behr's Hairstreak butterfly, bighorn sheep, great basin pocket mouse, Preble's shrew, spotted bat and the desert night snake among others.

Visit The Nature Trust website for more information.

 

 

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