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Nature Conservancy expands land holdings near Osoyoos

— The Nature Conservancy of Canada has purchased a 1,836-acre parcel near the U.S.-Canada border west of the city for $4.4 million.

Conservancy officials said the land, adjacent to the Sage and Sparrow Conservation Area, provides a migratory corridor for wildlife moving from Okanogan County into British Columbia. With the acquisition and the adjacent conservation areas, the corridor now encompasses more than 3,000 acres.

"Together, we have secured an impressive expanse of contiguous grassland habitat, Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation CEO Brian Springinotic said. “The anglers, hunters, trappers and guide outfitters of this province can be proud to have played such a fundamental role in the conservation of this unique ecosystem."

In addition to the Canadian government, the funding came from several organizations, including Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, The Sitka Foundation, Okanagan Region Wildlife Heritage Fund, South Okanagan Naturalists' Club, Okanagan Similkameen Parks Society, Oliver-Osoyoos Naturalists Club and others.

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