Human activity, fire suppression, and invasive species have greatly impacted naturally functioning ecosystems and the species that rely on them. In some cases, species are being pushed to the margins of existence and biodiversity is being lost.
In the Columbia River Basin, the valley bottoms, which are important wildlife habitat and where most human settlement occurs, are almost all privately owned, making it difficult to protect this critical habitat.
Acquiring important, sensitive habitat, such as valley bottoms, for conservation purposes is an effective way to conserve the rich biodiversity of the region. The FWCP has an active land acquisition program, and many land conservancy NGOs are active in the region (see our links page for more information). In the East Kootenay, land acquisition is coordinated through the East Kootenay Conservation Program (www.ekcp.ca).
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