Funding land acquisition or securement is one of FWCP’s most effective tools to compensate for habitat loss resulting from the construction of BC Hydro dams. Land securement is when private land is purchased for conservation
purposes and managed to maximize habitat values. While the initial capital cost is typically high, the long-term value for fish and wildlife can be outstanding. In the last year, FWCP approved funding for land conservation
totalling nearly 300 hectares.
In 2017–18, our three regional Boards set aside a combined $1.45 million to support land securement initiatives.
Three land purchases have been approved, totalling approximately 69 hectares: These were the Anne Hicks Conservation Area (12 hectares) near Valemount, the Snk’mip Marsh Nature Preserve (14 hectares) at the north end of Slocan Lake, and Morrissey Meadows (43 hectares) near Fernie.
Project Watershed and the K’ómoks First Nation are planning to transform an 8.3-acre former sawmill site into a conservation area. Located next to the Courtenay River and near the estuary, the area will
be renamed Kus-kus-sum.
We’re partnering with TNTBC to acquire approximately 230 hectares of valuable ungulate winter-range habitat, for caribou in the Parsnip sub-region. This is a rare opportunity to eliminate the risk of development of privately-owned land known to be highly used by caribou.