Four areas of private land on the waterfront of BC’s Great Bear Rainforest will now be protected and conserved, says the Nature Conservancy of Canada.
The new projects will conserve 185 hectares on the central coast, including the last remaining unprotected area on Spider Island in Heiltsuk Nation traditional territory.
“Spider Island is such a special property – remote out there on the edge of the world – and the Heiltsuk deserved to know it would not be developed,” said Tony Allard, who donated the land on Spider Island, as well as two parcels of land.
“‘Forever’ is a big idea and in the case of these three properties it is very satisfying to know that they will always remain as they are now.”
The Nature Conservancy says the four new protected areas are home to massive old-growth cedars, bears, wolves, eagles and salmon.
The Gullchucks Estuary features old-growth coastal temperate rainforest, a wild salmon-bearing river, and a floodplain and estuary that are home to hundreds of coastal species.
Geldala and Kiidiis are also estuaries, supporting a wide-range of mammals, waterbirds, amphibians and anadromous fish, as well as all five Pacific salmon species.
Spider Island, within the Hakai Lúxvbálís Conservancy is now fully protected, securing the old-growth temperate rainforest that surrounds a seven-hectare lake.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada is a not-for-profit private land conservation organization, aiming to protect natural areas and the plants and animals they sustain.