Age of Union Alliance Pledges $14.5 Million Donation to BC Parks Foundation to Protect Threatened Ecosystems | national

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The donation is one of the largest cash donations in BC conservation history, preserving ecosystems that fight climate change and provide sanctuaries for endangered wildlife.

VANCOUVER, BC and MONTREAL, March 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ – union age covenantled by tech leader and environmental activist Dax Dasilva, is proud to announce a $14.5 million donation to British Columbia Parks Foundation, an independent registered charitable foundation whose mission is to enhance and expand British Columbia’s world-class park system. This gift represents the largest donation in the history of the BC Parks Foundation and one of the largest in the province’s conservation history. Age of Union’s support will be instrumental in protecting BC’s key ecosystems, sustaining thousands of individual plant and animal species while preserving environments critical to climate resilience.

“Born and raised in Vancouver with experience protesting the logging of the old growth forests of Clayoquot Sound as a teenager, I have deep-rooted connections to the landscapes of British Columbia. carry out the conservation work necessary to protect the valuable lands of the province,” said Dax Dasilva, Founder of Age of Union. “With these funds, we hope to preserve this land for generations to come and inspire others to take similar action both locally and around the world.”

A portion of the donation will go directly to the preservation of two key ecosystems: the Pitt River watershed, an important sanctuary for salmon, elk and other wildlife on Katzie First Nation territory, and the French Creek estuary, a critical staging ground and habitat for thousands of eagles. and 180 other species, including 19 species at risk, in Qualicum and Snaw-naw-as Nation territories. In the coming months, Age of Union Alliance and BC Parks Foundation will announce additional locations in British Columbia protected thanks to Age of Union’s extraordinary gift.

“We are extremely grateful to Dax Dasilva and his team at Age of Union for this historic donation that supports our work to keep British Columbia beautiful,” said Andrew Day, CEO of the BC Parks Foundation. “Age of Union inspires and joins tens of thousands of British Columbians and our supporters around the world in creating sanctuaries for endangered wildlife, fighting climate change and improving human health. This historic gift is a great opportunity for everyone to celebrate. »

“Katzie is thrilled that the BC Parks Foundation has successfully acquired strategic lands in the Upper Pitt River watershed for conservation purposes,” said Councilor-Elect Rick Bailey. “The Upper Pitt sits in the heart of Katzie’s traditional unceded territory and the Nation has long fought to protect the local environment and preserve the land’s richness for future generations. Katzie looks forward to working with the BC Parks Foundation to protect these lands – which embraces the spirit of reconciliation, recognizes Katzie’s rights and title, and prioritizes the protection of the natural environment.”

Pitt River Watershed and French Creek Estuary Details:

Pitt River Watershed (Salmon River Sanctuary – 733 acres)

  • Northeast of Vancouver on Katzie First Nation territory, the watershed valley is spectacular with beautiful waterfalls, hot springs, wildlife and wild salmon. The glacier-fed river empties into Lake Pitt, the largest tidal lake in the world.
  • Remarkably rich in wild salmon and trout, the Upper Pitt River Valley attracts grizzly bears and elk that rely on the river, making this ecosystem an important wildlife sanctuary. Other species, including cougars, marbled murrelets, wolverines, and mountain goats, use the property to move from uplands to river valleys.
  • The Upper Pitt was named British Columbia’s most endangered river in 2000 due to development pressure.
  • Age of Union’s donation funded the purchase of 733 acres of land at the bottom of the valley and along the river.

French Creek Estuary (Eagle Sanctuary – 23 acres)

  • This estuary between Qualicum Beach and Parksville on Vancouver Island is a vital gathering place for thousands of eagles who depend on tall, mature trees protected from human activity to feed on clams dislodged by waves and tides and other nutrients.
  • It is the habitat of 19 species at risk, including herons, marbled murrelets, northern red-legged frogs, western toads and Townsend’s big-eared bats, among other wildlife such as beavers, owls and cougars. It is also home to 150-year-old coastal Douglas firs (listed as critically imperiled) and western red cedars, among others.
  • Estuaries are rare, making up only 2.3% of British Columbia’s coastline, but they are highly productive and diverse, connecting land and ocean as places where species come to feed, shelter and raise their young. They also play a key role in climate change, acting as protective buffers, absorbing flood waters and dissipating storm surges.
  • The Age of Union giveaway is providing $1,000,000 to a crowdfunding campaign to buy key land in the estuary.

About the Age of Union Alliance

Age of Union is a non-profit environmental alliance that supports and gives visibility to a global community of changemakers working on the ground to protect the planet’s threatened species and ecosystems. Launched in October 2021 by tech leader and environmental activist Dax Dasilva in Montreal, Canada, Age of Union seeks to ignite a flame in every person through conservation efforts that solve critical environmental challenges around the world and inspire change at home. high impact by showing the positive impact each individual can make.

For more information, please visit: AgeofUnion.com

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About the BC Parks Foundation

The BC Parks Foundation is an independent registered charitable foundation whose mission is to enhance and expand British Columbia’s world-class parks system in the spirit of gratitude and celebration.

Learn more about BCParksFoundation.ca

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Press contacts:

Union Alliance Age:

Victoria Baker

[email protected]

+1-416-726-8002

Mishel Shavulki

[email protected]

+1-416-559-7338

British Columbia Parks Foundation:

Casey Walker

[email protected]

+1-604-343-3975

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