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Posted: May 6, 2019

Volunteers improve habitat for ungulates

Twenty volunteers May 4 met to improve habitat for local ungulates especially sheep and mule deer at the Nature Trust of BC (NTBC) Armstrong conservation property near Bull River. This is part of a group of high value conservation properties known as the Bull River Conservation Complex.

The BC Chapter of the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers volunteers removed derelict cross fencing which was hindering ungulate passage, cleared roads to allow access for noxious weed control and cleared conifers to improve line of site in order to allow migrating bighorn sheep to better evade predators as they travel through the area. Members worked hard removing barbed wire and posts, cutting trees and collecting them into piles for burning.

For the past three years the BC Chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers has conducted annual events to improve habitat on The Nature Trust’s Sheep Mountain Property near Elko but this our first year on this new property. This Boots on the Ground event is one of several that the group hopes to complete in 2019.

A big thanks to the 20 members who volunteered their Saturday. Special thanks to Chris Bosman and Joe Strong of NTBC for giving our group the opportunity to help to improve habitat in these critical areas. Our members really welcome the chance to get out hands dirty and do something tangible.

Lead image: The volunteers who worked the Armstrong conservation property on Saturday. Photo submitted

BC Chapter of the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers

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