Darkwoods, BC (Photo by M.A. Beaucher)

Darkwoods, BC (Photo by M.A. Beaucher)


Cultus Creek,  Darkwoods, British Columbia (Photo by Tim Ennis/NCC)

Cultus Creek, Darkwoods, British Columbia (Photo by Tim Ennis/NCC)

The lush valleys, rugged peaks, tumbling creeks, and deep lakes of British Columbia's Selkirk Mountains are both astoundingly beautiful and ecologically important. In the heart of this incredible mountain range lies a 136,000-acre (55,000-hectare) privately owned property known as Darkwoods.

Here, wildlife — including one of the last herds of mountain caribou in the world — finds refuge. Rare plants survive. Pristine water from alpine lakes feeds into seventeen separate watersheds. Forests, whose diversity rivals any in British Columbia, thrive.

Beloved by the local community for its backcountry recreation opportunities, natural resources and scenic beauty, Darkwoods can now also be celebrated as a conservation legacy of global, national and local importance.

Mountain caribou (Photo by Garry Beaudry)

Mountain caribou (Photo by Garry Beaudry)

Why Darkwoods matters

There is not just one feature that makes Darkwoods such an important natural treasure. The property contains a multitude of special characteristics. Some of these are tangible, like the plants and animals that live here. Others are less easy to see, but just as vital to the long-term protection of nature and culture in the region. For example, Darkwoods is an important source of clean water that pours into Kootenay Lake and other water bodies. It is also a highly valued part of the wilderness backyard to the surrounding communities, who use it for recreation and resources. Read more >

Project history

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) purchased Darkwoods in 2008 from Pluto Darkwoods Forestry Corporation. This acquisition remains the single largest private land purchase for conservation in Canadian history. Since securing Darkwoods we have completed and extensive ecological baseline inventory of the property, which then informed our Property Management Plan. Darkwoods continues to be one of our most active projects, with ongoing conservation research, and a long list of stewardship activities throughout the summer. Read more >

Hikers at Darkwoods, BC (Photo by NCC)

Hikers at Darkwoods, BC (Photo by NCC)

Public access

Darkwoods has a long history of use by local communities. Since the 1960s, the public has been allowed limited access to the property with a permit, and we are happy to continue that tradition and even expand those opportunities. At the same time, the land cannot support all uses, at all times, in all places and retain its special character. Some reasonable limits are required.

Find out how to visit Darkwoods >

Darkwoods Forest Carbon pilot project

The Darkwoods Forest Carbon pilot project harnesses the power of the carbon market to further large-scale conservation in British Columbia. The forests on Darkwoods store an enormous amount of carbon and we have been able to create a high quality carbon project that raises important funds for our conservation work. Read more >

Partners in conservation

Darkwoods has brought together a wide variety of both private and public sector partners across Canada and the U.S., as well as local communities and First Nations. We thank the many funding and community partners who have come together to make the Darkwoods Conservation Area a reality. Read more >

Darkwoods Forest Carbon Project: Notice of Pending Verification under the Verified Carbon Standard and Climate, Community and Biodiversity Program

The Darkwoods Forest Carbon Project is currently validated under both the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and the Climate, Community and Biodiversity (CCB) Program. Under these internationally-recognized standards, the project must undergo periodic verification to ensure ongoing compliance with the requirements of these standards.  NCC is currently undertaking a verification process under both VCS and CCB concurrently and, as required under CCB rules, is hereby providing public notice of this process, so that the public has an opportunity to review the project documents and provide comment for a 30-day period (the “CCB Standards Public Comment Period”). Read more about the process > 

This information will be open for public comment for a 30-day period – from August 8, 2017 through September 7, 2017.  The public is invited to review the documentation and/or submit any comments for consideration during this 30-day period. Visit the comment site here>

If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact either:

Tom Swann, NCC – BC Region, Vancouver                    


Rob Wilson, NCC – National Office, Toronto


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