Contrary to the suggestion in the Oct. 9 story, Conservancy Files For Creditor Protection, the serious and worrisome financial issues of The Land Conservancy of B.C. do not pose a threat for the conservation movement as whole.
The truth is that land conservation in B.C. is a healthy and growing movement.
Charitable land trusts come in many shapes and sizes — indeed this province alone has more than 30 different land trusts, ranging from local all-volunteer groups to province and even nationwide organizations.
Collectively, we have protected over 1.4 million acres of land and water in B.C., and that number continues to grow with each successful project.
TLC’s situation is truly disappointing, but it is also unique to TLC. It is difficult to see a fellow conservation group facing such a dire situation. Fortunately for the status land conservation in B.C., the situation is an isolated event.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada, which has active projects in and around Kamloops, is on solid financial footing, and we are actively working on projects in all of our program areas across B.C. and Canada.
We make sound and deliberate choices based on a scientific planning framework. We are committed to raising all the funds for a project before making a purchase and we have a stewardship endowment to fund the long-term management of our conservation properties.
Effective conservation cannot happen by one agency alone. The Nature Conservancy of Canada is very proud to work alongside conservation partners in B.C. to help create a natural legacy for all to enjoy.
By working together organizations like Ducks Unlimited, The Nature Trust of B.C., Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, and Land Trust Alliance of B.C., land conservation is thriving in B.C.
B.C. regional vice-president
Nature Conservancy of Canada