Joerg and Hannelore Fischer have donated the land on the northeast edge of Tatlayoko Lake to the Nature Conservatory of Canada.

Final piece of a land conservation puzzle protects unique B.C. valley

Tatlayoko Valley near Williams Lake is home to grizzly bears, mule deer, cougars and northern red-legged frogs.

A 15-year effort to protect land in a section of the southern Interior has ended successfully with the donation of a 29-hectare property.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada says Joerg and Hannelore Fischer have donated the land on the northeast edge of Tatlayoko Lake, about 165 kilometres southwest of Williams Lake.

Donation of the last piece of unprotected private property along the north end of the lake ends the organization’s work to preserve 1,100 hectares of the Tatlayoko Valley.

The Nature Conservancy says the region is home to grizzly bears, mule deer, cougars and fishers, a carnivorous mammal related to marten, as well as northern red-legged frogs and Lewis’s woodpeckers, which are listed as species at risk of becoming extinct or lost from the wild.

The land conservation group describes the valley as a critical link between Pacific coast rainforest and central Interior grasslands.

Preservation efforts began in 2000, when the Fischers sold their ranch to the nature conservancy, launching the project to protect the valley they first saw in the 1980s when they visited from Germany.

“Hannelore and I are really proud of what we have done here in Tatlayoko,” Joerg Fischer says in a news release. “We promised ourselves we would conserve this beautiful place, and now, thanks to our partnership with the Nature Conservancy of Canada, we have fulfilled this dream.”

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