Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C. Ranchers Protect 4,500 Hectares of Land from Development: Conservancy

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C. Ranchers Protect 4,500 Hectares of Land from Development: Conservancy

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B.C. ranchers protect land from development

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INVERMERE, B.C. - A southeastern British Columbia ranch 11 times the size of Stanley Parks has been protected from development by its owners.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada says Bob and Barb Shaunessy have registered a covenant on their 4,500-hectare ranch located on the west side of Windermere Lake near Invermere, B.C.

Conservancy spokeswoman Lesley Neilson says the covenant is registered with the land-title office and prevents the ranch from being subdivided and developed for residential or vacation homes if its sold.

Neilson says the ranch, which has operated since 1898, is connected to other conservation and Crown lands and acts as a corridor for animals such as grizzly bear, elk and the deer.

The Shaunessys have long-welcomed non-motorized use of their property and are working with the regional district to create a legacy trail that would cross the land and connect Invermere and Fairmont hot springs. …

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