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Campaign to buy Meteor Lake wetlands reaches goal

Site east of Prince George plays a vital role in limiting the pace of climate change, says Nature Trust
An aerial view of the Meteor Lake peatland near Sinclair Mills.

Enough money has been raised to buy and protect 235 hectares of wetland east of Prince George.

The goal of $75,000 in donations to complete the purchase of four parcels adjacent to Meteor Lake has been reached, Nature Trust of B.C. confirmed on Tuesday.

After originally setting a deadline of Nov. 30 to meet the mark, the deadline was extended by a month.

"We are pleased to share that the fundraising has now closed and that the remaining $35k needed to protect the property has been raised," said a Nature Trust spokesperson in an email to the Citizen.

The properties skirt the northeast and southeast corners of the Meteor Lake wetland-bog, about 100 kilometres east of the city and across the Fraser River from Sinclair Mills.

It is one of the three largest wetlands in the upper Fraser River and a site that plays a vital role in limiting the pace of climate change, according to the organization.

The $75,000 represented the remaining 15 per cent needed to complete the purchase.

"An announcement with additional details surrounding this property will be released in the new year and we look forward to sharing it with you," Arruda said.