The Nature Trust of BC announced it has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise $415,000 aimed at protecting the Salmon spawning river.
The undeveloped land spans 36 acres along the Little Qualicum River on the mid-east coast of Vancouver Island.
This property will be the non-profit’s first acquisition along this river, presenting the opportunity to begin a new conservation complex.
The area is located in one of BC’s most at-risk zones – the Coastal Douglas-fir (CDF) biogeoclimatic zone.
In British Columbia, only 11% of this ecologically sensitive habitat has been protected.
“Salmon provide such a service to these ecosystems. Not only do they nourish the species that live in the area, but they also keep forests healthy,” said Dr. Jasper Lament, CEO of The Nature Trust.
“We need salmon to help our local ecosystems thrive, and protecting this area is an impactful step in the right direction.”
Little Qualicum River is a crucial salmon spawning river that supports both Indigenous and recreational fisheries. It provides spawning and rearing habitats for many salmon species, including Chinook, Chum, Steelhead, and Coho.