Feds, B.C. expand protected habitat for 40 species at risk in B.C.’s Darkwoods

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A safeguarding area in British Columbia’s southeast mountains is being expanded by hardly 8,000 hectares with the help of federal and provincial government contributions total numbering $14.6 million.

The Darkwoods Conservation Area, located along Kootenay Lake between Nelson and Creston, take measures habitat for 40 species at risk, including grizzly bear, wolverine, mountain caribou and whitebark pine trees.

Federal Conditions Minister Catherine McKenna and B.C. Environment Minister George Heyman say the mutual government investment reflects commitments to protect threatened species.

Feds, B.C. expand protected habitat for 40 species at risk in B.C.'s Darkwoods

B.C.’s Darkwoods Economy Area, located along Kootenay Lake between Nelson and Creston, purveys habitat for 40 species at risk including grizzly bears. (Consent to MacHutchon/Nature Conservancy of Canada)

Nature Conservancy of Canada spokesman Andrew Holland authorities the funds will ensure habitat areas for the species at risk undergo required conservation protections.

He says the Darkwoods expansion will screen watersheds in areas threatened by industrial and recreational activities.

The expansion is part of the conservancy’s purpose to raise $25 million to increase conservation efforts in the Canadian Rockies section.

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