Year: 2016
Acres: 960 acres
Ecosystem: Selkirk
Location: Rocky Mountain Trench, north of Edgewater, B.C.
Project Type: Acquisition

Vital Ground provided a partner grant to The Nature Conservancy of Canada for their Luxor Linkage Project, which encompasses two parcels totaling 960 acres of private land between the Purcell and Rockies Mountains of British Columbia, which is in the Selkirk Grizzly Bear Recovery Zone.

The area is located in the Rocky Mountain Trench, north of Edgewater, B.C. Stretching from the Columbia River wetlands, across Highway 95 into the Rocky Mountains adjacent to Kootenay National Park, the lands provide a  crucial corridor for wildlife and help safeguard large, intact natural areas.

Grizzly bears, badgers, mountain goats and moose are just a few of the species that will benefit from conservation of the Luxor Linkage, lands important as a natural corridor for wildlife and ecological communities. Photo courtesy The Nature Conservancy of Canada.

Grizzly bears, badgers, mountain goats and moose are just a few of the species that will benefit from conservation of the Luxor Linkage, lands important as a natural corridor for wildlife and ecological communities. Photo courtesy The Nature Conservancy of Canada.

The Luxor Linkage supports a remarkable diversity of wildlife including grizzly bears, endangered badgers, mountain goats, cougar, coyote, black bear, white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk and moose.  Winter range for Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep has been identified on the eastern extent of this property at the toe of the Rockies.