Featured Properties2022-04-03T19:35:55-06:00

Featured Properties

World-class conservation efforts by local land trust partners, in consultation with KCP, have resulted in the acquisition of properties throughout the East and West Kootenay that protect fish and wildlife, movement corridors, grasslands, old forests, and riparian areas.

These properties have increased landscape-level connectivity and secured valuable habitat for species at risk. The following acquisitions are just a selection of the over 60 properties that have been secured for conservation in the Kootenay region.

2022

2020

Rixen Creek – 2020

The Nature Trust of BC: Located within the West Kootenay dry warm Interior Cedar Hemlock biogeoclimatic zone, the 32-hectare (80-acre) Rixen Creek property has a mix of habitat types including forest, meadow and riparian, which occur among varied elevations, slopes and aspects.

2020

2019

Next Creek – 2019

Nature Conservancy of Canada: This large land acquisition (7,881 hectares/19,474 acres) grows the size of the Darkwoods Conservation Area by 14% and protects the ecological integrity of a conservation network that has national and international significance and protects habitat of wide-ranging species like grizzly bear and wolverine.

2018

Morrissey Meadows – 2018

Nature Conservancy of Canada: This 43-hectare (106 acres) property is located near Fernie, B.C. in the Elk River Valley. This property provides a high ecological value wildlife corridor including linkage to existing protected areas.

2017

Bull River Grassland Corridor – 2017

The Nature Trust of BC: This property is located near the community of Bull River and is part of the Bull River complex of provincial and Nature Trust of BC conservation lands. The addition of this 67.7-hectare (168-acre) property secures important habitat for species at risk, ungulate winter range, and dry grassland ecosystems.

2016

2015

2015

2014

Cherry Meadows – 2014

Nature Conservancy of Canada: This 70-hectare (173-acre) property is located in the Rocky Mountain Trench near Kimberley, B.C. Cherry Meadows features forests of ponderosa pine and extensive wetlands. Walking trails wind through the conservation area, and Mather Creek flows through Cherry Meadows, connecting directly to Bummers Flats’ ecologically sensitive wetlands.

Wigwam Flats – Lot 3 – 2014

The Nature Trust of BC: This 2-hectare (5-acre) property contributes to the natural mosaic of grassland, open forest and closed canopy forest habitats on the adjacent conservation lands owned by The Nature Trust of BC and the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resources Operations and Rural Development.

2013

2012

Frog Bear Conservation Corridor – 2012

Nature Conservancy of Canada: Located at the south end of Kootenay Lake in the Creston Valley, the Frog Bear Conservation Corridor is used by an at‐risk population of grizzly bears as they move between the Selkirk and Purcell mountains. The valley is also the only known breeding location in British Columbia of the endangered northern leopard frog.

2011

Marion Creek Benchlands – 2011

Nature Conservancy of Canada: Acquisition of the 204-hectare (504-acre) Marion Creek Benchlands parcel has effectively and immediately secured the benchlands on the western side of Columbia Lake from the ever-present threat of residential subdivision and development.

2010

2008

2007

2006

Pine Butte Ranch – 2006

Nature Conservancy of Canada: Located southeast of Kimberley, B.C., Pine Butte Ranch is an active cattle ranch that protects important habitat for species such as grizzly bear, wolf, elk and American badger.

2005

2004

Thunder Hill Ranch – 2004

Nature Conservancy of Canada: Thunder Hill Ranch is a large, operational ranch in the upper Columbia Valley,  located on the shores of Columbia Lake. In 2004, this 600-hectare (1,480-acre) property became the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s first ranching-conservation partnership project in B.C.

Kootenay River Ranch – 2004

Nature Conservancy of Canada: In 2004, the Nature Conservancy of Canada acquired 1,255 hectares (3,100 acres) in the East Kootenay to establish the Kootenay River Ranch Conservation Area. In 2020, NCC expanded this conservation area by 260 hectares (637 acres), protecting important valley-bottom habitats in the Rocky Mountain Trench.

2003

Hoodoos – 2003

The Nature Trust of BC: The Nature Trust of BC’s largest acquisition, this 3,922-hectare (9,690-acre) property conserves abundant wildlife habitat including ecologically significant wetlands, grasslands and ungulate winter range.

2002

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