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    Mark Twain once described synergy as “the bonus that is achieved when things work together harmoniously.” In the case of the recent fundraising partnership of the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust and the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), this bonus takes the form of the single largest private land purchase for conservation in Canada’s history. Spearheaded by NCC, the Darkwoods project has resulted in the protection of 550 square kilometers (212 square miles) of remote valleys, mountains, and lakes in the West Kootenay region of south-central British Columbia.

    Take time now to learn more about the larger view for this tremendous project for wildlife habitat.

    Darkwoods contains some of the most diverse forests in British Columbia, which provide habitat for bull trout, mountain caribou, red-tailed chipmunks, western screech owls, and more than two dozen other species of provincial or national concern.

    Further enhancing its conservation value, the Darkwoods property adjoins an existing network of protected lands and wilderness management areas, thus helping to form a contiguous protected area of more than 250,000 acres—enough space for even wide-ranging animals such as grizzly bears, wolverines, and cougars. And because of its grand scale and topographical diversity, Darkwoods may offer sensitive plants and animals a chance to adapt in the face of global climate change; such species may be better able to move to different latitudes or elevations as temperatures fluctuate.

    HSWLT’s participation in Darkwoods is a natural extension of our bold work to protect and connect habitat for wildlife. By collaborating with NCC, Humane Society International/Canada, Vital Ground, and the other groups involved in this project, we were able to help achieve an unprecedented conservation goal that could not have been met by any one group alone. We hope that Darkwoods will be a model for the future planning and acquisition of landscape-scale properties in Canada and elsewhere. Meanwhile, we will continue to pursue effective partnerships that create much-needed synergy in conservation.

    I am deeply grateful for the support of the Humane Society International/Canada and the Wildlife Land Trust® in our work at Darkwoods. By putting their good names and resources behind this project, HSI Canada and WLT have helped the coalition of partners that has rallied around Darkwoods grow even stronger.

    Jan Garnett, Regional Vice President
    Nature Conservancy of Canada

    In order to expand the scope of HSWLT’s influence and effectiveness for the benefit of wildlife, we frequently share funds, expertise and HSWLT’s humane philosophy with other organizations.  All HSWLT shared efforts are rooted in our commitment to providing wildlife with safe places to live, forever, by assisting other organizations that share our concerns for wildlife and habitat.


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