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Nature Trust of B.C. buys hundreds of hectares of Similkameen grassland

The Nature Trust of British Columbia is working to protect up to 1,052 hectares of the Princeton Grasslands.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Nature Trust of B.C./Graham Osborne
January 27, 2021 - 5:30 AM

The Nature Trust of British Columbia is working to protect grassland near Princeton with the recent purchase of hundreds of hectares.

The non-profit land conservation group is working to buy up to 1,052 hectares of land known as the Princeton Grasslands-MapleCross Meadow in three phases, according to a Nature Trust of BC media release. Phase one and two are now complete with 868 hectares acquired with 189 left to go.

The property is home to important habitat for the Williamson’s sapsucker, a small woodpecker that is estimated to number less than 500 adult birds in Canada. The Princeton Grasslands are also habitat for barn swallows and olive-sided flycatchers, both threatened species, and the western screech owl. It is also adjacent to provincial winter range for mule deer.

The Princeton Grasslands is home to two threatened species, the Williamson's Sapsucker, left, and the Lewis's Woodpecker, right.
The Princeton Grasslands is home to two threatened species, the Williamson's Sapsucker, left, and the Lewis's Woodpecker, right.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Nature Trust of B.C./Glenn Bartley

"By working with partners like the Nature Trust of British Columbia, we are protecting our iconic British Columbian landscapes and the wildlife that call those places home," Minister of Environment Jonathan Wilkinson said in the release. "Through programs like the Canada Nature Fund’s Natural Heritage Conservation Program, we are making progress toward conserving a quarter of Canada’s land and a quarter of its oceans by 2025.”

The project has been made possible through Canada’s Natural Heritage Conservation Program, the Lightburn family, the B.C. Conservation Foundation, Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen, Okanagan Similkameen Park Society, the Atkinson and Hodgson families and other supporters.


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