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BC NDP MLA Ravi Parmar welcomes over $1.5 million for East Sooke through the Old Growth Nature Fund

June 28, 2024 at 3:17 pm  Politics, Provincial

EAST SOOKE – Langford – Juan de Fuca MLA Ravi Parmar is welcoming $1,568,920 from the Old Growth Nature Fund that will protect 68.5 hectares of waterfront land adjacent to East Sooke Regional Park.

“Our government under Premier David Eby has a strong commitment to preserving biodiversity and enhancing our natural heritage,” said Ravi Parmar, MLA for Langford-Juan de Fuca. “Today’s investment in safeguarding 68.5 hectares of waterfront land adjacent to East Sooke Regional Park underscores our dedication to environmental stewardship and ensuring future generations can enjoy the beauty of our coastal ecosystems.”

The B.C. government, the federal government, and seven land trust and conservancy organizations have collaborated to protect 316 hectares of critical old growth and habitat for species at risk across eight sites, including East Sooke.

Funding for this initiative included $7.9 million from the Old Growth Nature Fund and $8.2 million from private donors and organizations. Environment and Climate Change Canada is providing $50 million over three years to support the preservation of old growth forests in BC.

These biodiverse sites, located in densely populated areas, are essential refuges for wildlife such as cutthroat trout, band-tailed pigeons, and horned grebes.

To date, the province has allocated approximately $31 million from the Old Growth Nature Fund to prevent harvesting or development in these areas, aligning with the Old Growth Strategic Review.

Government News Release: https://news.gov.bc.ca/31197

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