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Creston Valley WMA agreement benefits unique ecosystem

Creston, British Columbia, June 12, 2012Wildlife conservation efforts in southeast B.C. received a big boost today with a new agreement between the Province and Ducks Unlimited Canada to jointly operate the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area for the next 30 years.

Ducks Unlimited Canada will invest $850,000 in the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in 2012 to improve wetland habitats and upgrade the site’s water management. The work will include a detailed restoration plan, increased community engagement, a long-term strategic plan, and an evaluation of public education and outreach programs.

In 2008, the provincial government initiated a review of the Creston Valley WMA’s management structure and financial sustainability. As a result of that review, the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations will designate the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area under the Wildlife Act and bring its governance structure into line with B.C.’s 22 other WMAs.

The partnership with Ducks Unlimited Canada will put the facility on a more sound financial footing and allow the site to thrive as an internationally recognized nature sanctuary for decades to come.

The Creston Valley WMA is a crucial link in a long chain of wetland habitats that stretches from the Arctic Ocean to California and features a remarkable diversity of animals and plants. Over 300 species of birds and about 80 other animal species have been documented, some of which are extremely rare.

Quotes:

“The B.C. government is committed to protecting this important ecosystem, and it welcomes Ducks Unlimited Canada’s involvement to help restore and manage the site over the next three decades. This agreement will greatly assist the operation of the Creston Valley WMA and further enhance its international reputation.”
—Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson

“Ducks Unlimited Canada is looking forward to working with the ministry and Creston Valley WMA staff to restore and improve the site’s outstanding wetland habitats. This area is home to hundreds of fascinating animal and plant species that will benefit from this partnership for many years to come.”
—Brad Arner, manager of provincial operations for Ducks Unlimited Canada in B.C.

Quick Facts:

Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is the leader in wetland conservation. A registered charity, DUC partners with government, industry, other non-profit organizations and landowners to conserve wetlands that are critical to waterfowl, wildlife and the environment. Learn more at ducks.ca.

For more information, contact:

Brennan Clarke
Public Affairs Officer
Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Ph: (250) 356-5261
www.gov.bc.ca/connect