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One legacy worth leaving

The good works of the Nature Trust of B.C. keep on coming.

This non-profit organization has been protecting British Columbia's natural diversity since 1971. Through the acquisition and management of critical habitats, it has secured more than 70,000 hectares across the province at a cost of more than $80 million.

Its latest aim is to save 34.6 hectares of threatened habitat in the South Okanagan. It would be the fourth and final phase of its antelope-brush conservation area project.

The land at the south end of Vaseux Lake is home to one of the most endangered ecosystems in Canada and more than 20 species at risk.

Wild lands in the Okanagan, especially those near civilization, are always under threat of development. But it is precisely the natural beauty of the area that attracted us all here. So, protecting our green and natural spaces is of utmost importance.

Not only does it provide needed wildlife habitat, it makes living in our wonderful Valley more enjoyable for us all.

From properties at the Skaha Bluffs, Rose Valley Pond and wildfowl habitats at Swan Lake and Monte Creek, as well as protected lands at White Lake and Okanagan Mountain, the Nature Trust has helped preserve dozens of natural sites across the Southern Interior. You've probably enjoyed some of them without even realizing the Trust's involvement. 

The Vaseux Lake property has been owned by the same family for 127 years and offers a rare opportunity to protect another valuable site. But, such things cost money.

The Trust is hoping to raise $280,000 by March 31 to purchase the first three of 10 parcels there. It could use your help. We can't think of a better gift to our grandchildren than leaving them a natural legacy that will be enjoyed for generations.

— News Director Jon Manchester

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