The Government of Canada has been all about protecting the environment lately and fighting the effects of climate change. Two weeks ago, it was shared that the government would be committing $61 million dollars to protect endangered whales. But a new announcement has shared that they are working on another million dollar project.
It was announced at 2:00 PM on Wednesday that $14.65 million dollars will be invested in the preservation and expansion of the Darkwoods Conservation Area, a rainforest found in British Columbia. The BC forest will be receiving $7 million from the Government of Canada and $7.65 million from the provincial government.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada is receiving the money to hopefully buy the land and put in a management plan to restore areas degraded and damaged by logging. The Conservancy will be raising funds over the next 6 months and the project itself will require $25 million.
The Darkwoods Conservation area is found in the Kootenay region of the province. The expansion of the Darkwoods would conserve lands in the Next Creek watershed between Nelson and Creston.
The millions of dollars being invested in this project is to help support the addition of 7,9000 hectares to the Darkwoods Conservation Area in southeastern BC. Through conservation efforts, it also protects the wildlife that lives within the forest including at-risk species like grizzly bears, mountain caribou, wolverine, peregrine falcon and whitebark pine.
Catherine McKenna, the Federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change, stated the importance of nature to Canadians and explained "by doubling the amount of protected nature in Canada, we are safeguarding our natural heritage, growing a clean economy, and reducing pollution. This important expansion of Darkwoods will not only protect nature and the wildlife that depend on it, but it will also increase conservation measures for the only inland temperate rainforest in the entire world."
Meanwhile, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy for British Columbia, George Heyman, explained why this is so important to the province. He stated that "The expansion of Darkwoods is a big step toward ensuring that the natural connections of BC's interior remain intact. Nature can only benefit when people work together. Thank you to the governments of Canada and British Columbia for their tremendous contributions toward this globally significant project."