Marion Creek Benchlands (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. The property ranges from native grasslands and open Douglas-fir forests to a wetland complex of marsh and streamside habitat, and support many species including elk, mule deer, white-tailed deer, cougar, black bear and grizzly bear, American badger, prairie falcon and dry-land sedge.