(From left) Brad Arner

(From left) Brad Arner

BC Hydro donates $400,000 to Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area

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  • Jun. 13, 2013 2:00 p.m.

Once again, BC Hydro has stepped up as a major funder of the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area.

Community relations manager Diane Tammen was in Creston recently to hand over a cheque for $407,522.

“The work undertaken by the CVWMA supports BC Hydro’s long-term environmental goals and aligns with the province’s Clean Energy Act, which supports environmental stewardship in our province,” Tammen said.

The money will be administered by Ducks Unlimited Canada, which now operates the management area under agreement with the province of British Columbia.

CVWMA area manager Marc-Andre Beaucher, who is a wetland biologist, accepted the cheque.

The CVWMA is recognized as a wetland of international importance as it plays a critical role in maintaining the global environment. CVWMA is home and year-round sanctuary to over 265 bird species, 50 mammal species, 30 fish, reptile and amphibian species, and thousands of invertebrate and plant species.

The Creston Valley is a migration corridor for several waterfowl species and is the largest regional locale for wintering birds of prey in the interior of the province. It is considered second only to the coast as a flyway route for numbers of migrating waterfowl that follow it twice yearly.