Volunteers clean up wildlife area near Grand Forks

Cleaning up wildlife habitat

Volunteers armed with garbage bags, shovels, gloves and a backhoe cleaned up trash and debris left on a grassland area near Grand Forks this weekend, disposing of everything from appliances and bedsprings to glass and tiles.

The area was purchased earlier this year by the Southern Interior Land Trust, and is home to a herd of 200-300 California bighorn sheep. 

“The property has a history of damage from abuse by riders trespassing on their ATVs and motorbikes and from illegal dumping,” said Judie Steeves, president of SILT. 

Formerly part of the Mehmal Ranch at the end of Morrissey Creek Road, the property is 109 hectares (270 acres) of excellent habitat for wildlife.

“We ask the community to respect that this is actually privately-owned land purchased with donations from a variety of sources to conserve its natural features for wildlife," Steeves said.

SILT is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit charity that works to acquire gems and jewels of wildlife habitat that also act as “stepping-stones” for animal movement. The grasslands surrounding Grand Forks are ecologically significant and host nationally-important and highly diverse wildlife species.

Learn more about SILT and contribute to their work here

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