Conserving an important wildlife corridor
To mark World Environment Day, NCC announced a new conservation project in the Elk Valley — the Morrissey Meadows Conservation Area. The 106-acre (43-hectare) former homestead protects land in an active wildlife corridor that is used by wide-ranging mammals, such as grizzly bear and elk.
Located south of Fernie, BC, the conservation area connects a vast expanse of provincial lands with NCC’s Elk Valley Heritage Conservation Area.
The Morrissey Meadows Conservation Area was a partial land donation/partial land purchase that was facilitated by Deb de Hoog. De Hoog is the granddaughter of the farm’s previous occupants, Charlie and Ruth Fitzen.
The Elk River, which flows through the conservation area, creates wetlands that provide spawning and rearing grounds for fish. Four at-risk species are known to use these lands:
- American badger
- grizzly bear
- little brown myotis
- westslope cutthroat trout
Mule and white-tailed deer, elk and moose are also found here.
The acquisition of the Morrissey Meadows Conservation Area enhances a pre-existing network of private and provincial protected lands in an important wildlife corridor.