Many recreational areas throughout the East Kootenay have been closed to the public due to the extreme fire situation in the province.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada announced earlier this week that all NCC lands in BC will be closed until further notice.
The conservancy’s Leslie Neilson says this is being done as a safety precaution.
“A lot of the wildfires that get started in the summer are human-caused so we’re just wanting to help the overall fire situation by not having any accidental fires start on Nature Conservancy of Canada lands.” explains Neilson.
Neilson says this is also being done to protect wildlife within these areas.
“The conservation of these lands in particular to the East Kootenay is really important for the wildlife that thrives there.” explains Neilson. “We’ve got grizzly bears, wolverine, elk and other animals that use quite large ranges of land and need to be able to move into the valleys and up into the mountains to thrive.”
There are currently no significant fires in our region.
The areas closed in the East Kootenay are Ancient Cottonwood Trail, Mount Broadwood, Kootenay River Ranch, Columbia Lake Lot 48, Marion Creek Benchlands and Dutch Creek Hoodoos Conservation Area.
– Lesley Neilson, Nature Conservancy of Canada communications coordinator
– Devin Howard
(Photo courtesy of Nature Conservancy of Canada website)