SPARWOOD, British Columbia — Canadian mining giant Teck Resources has announced the company will spend $18.5 million ($19 million Canadian) to buy nearly 28 square miles of land in southeast British Columbia for conservation.
The company says it purchased the land in the Elk and Flathead river valleys from Tembec Inc. to preserve wildlife and fish habitat.
The purchase is being welcomed by conservation groups that have long advocated for a national park in the area of B.C. directly adjacent to the Waterton-Glacier park in Alberta and Glacier National Park in Montana.
The group Flathead Wild says the Teck purchase west of Sparwood, B.C., includes critical habitat for trout, bears, birds and lynx.
The provincial government banned mining and drilling in the Flathead River basin two years ago over concerns for Glacier park.