Access closure lifted on most Nature Conservancy of Canada lands in British Columbia
Update for September 26: Conservation lands in the Kamloops area and the Okanagan are now open for public access.
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 18 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. (*Update: these conservation areas are now open, as of September 26)
- In the Okanagan, the Sage and Sparrow Conservation Area will remain closed until early October. (*Update: these conservation areas are now open, as of September 26)
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 natureconservancy.ca/visitbc.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada thanks the public for respecting the closures and helping to keep BC communities safe.
For a longer reflection on the challenging, and changing, nature of wildfires in BC, please see this article by Hillary Page, director of science and stewardship for the BC Region of the Nature Conservancy of Canada.
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 (more than 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.
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