After two months of suspending access to its conservation lands in British Columbia because of the extreme risk of wildfires, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is re-opening access to most of its lands in the province. Access to the organization’s BC conservation lands has been restricted since July 18th in order to minimize the chance of further human-caused wildfires and to contribute to public safety.
Some NCC conservation properties remain under access closure:
Mount Broadwood in the Elk Valley, and Flathead River Ranch in the Flathead Valley. These lands fall under continued Provincial access restrictions for the Southeast Fire Centre. (For more information please see the BC Wildfire Service website.)
In the Kamloops area, Napier Lake Ranch, Rattlesnake Bluffs and the Lac du Bois Conservation Area lands will remain closed until the end of September.
In the Okanagan, the Sage and Sparrow Conservation Area will remain closed until early October.
NCC owns and manages numerous publicly accessible conservation areas across the province, from the East and West Kootenays to the Southern Interior, the west coast and Vancouver Island. Under normal conditions the land trust encourages and welcomes low-impact recreation use of these special sites. Find an NCC conservation area near you at www.natureconservancy.ca/visitbc.
NCC thanks the public for respecting the closures and helping to keep BC communities safe.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada is the nation’s leading land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the species they sustain. Since 1962 NCC and its partners have helped to protect 2.8 million acres (1.1 million hectares) coast to coast. More than one quarter of these acres are in BC.
To learn more about our conservation work in BC or to donate, please call 888-404-8428 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.