A couple from British Columbia has gifted a large plot of land near Bella Coola that is home to grizzly bears and 5 species of Pacific salmon. The land is located in B.C.’s Central Coast and the total area is 122-hectares. Havey and Carol Thommasen donated the parcel of land through the federal government’s ecological gifts program.
The plot of land is now called the Snowshoe Creek Conservation Area. The West Coast program director with the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Steven Godfrey explained that the couple are “impressive naturalists” who purchased the land to protect it. Since the valley is fertile, it poses potential industrial uses that could threaten its animals and wildlife.
Godfrey said “the main threats to a piece of land like that would be just to be used for logging or potentially be converted to agriculture or used for recreational development or even for residential development,…It’s a great start to provide enough habitat to different species of wildlife that occupy the valley,”
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