Lac du Bois Conservation Area
Riding through the Lac du Bois Conservation Area (Photo by NCC)
The Lac du Bois Conservation Area is located near Kamloops, British Columbia. It is a popular destination for people wishing to hike, fish and enjoy low-impact nature recreation. This conservation area is made up of a number of private parcels located within and adjacent to the Lac du Bois Grasslands Protected Area (BC Parks).
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) purchased these lands in 2008 to ensure their long-term conservation as part of a larger project with the Frolek Cattle Company.
The entire protected area creates an extensive refuge for grassland plants and animals in the region.
Arrow-leaved balsamroot on Lac du Bois Conservation Area (Photo by NCC)
The Lac du Bois Conservation Area's rolling hills feature bunchgrass and fescue, lush aspen copses, sparse ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir forests. Rugged rocky outcroppings support an abundance of plants and animals.
Many species at risk can be found here, including the federally endangered and provincially red-listed burrowing owl, the provincially blue-listed sharp-tailed grouse and the federally endangered badger. Long-billed curlew, western meadowlark, great basin spadefoot and Okanogan fameflower are a few more of the special wildlife that use these lands. Numerous small lakes, ponds and wetlands provide important aquatic habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife species.
A beautiful day at the Lac du Bois Conservation Area (Photo by NCC)
Walking, bird watching, responsible bike-riding and other low impact activities are welcome in the Lac du Bois Conservation Area. However, some recreational pursuits harm this delicate area and threaten the species that live here. Off-road vehicle use, littering, fires and uncontrolled dogs all have a significant negative impact on the vegetation and wildlife that we are working to protect. Please respect these grasslands. Tread lightly when you visit.
Note: All visitors to NCC properties do so at their own risk.