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Deadline extended for campaign to buy wetlands east of Prince George

Nature Trust of B.C. has $35,000 to go to purchase four parcels at Meteor Lake

There is still time to contribute to a campaign to purchase and preserve 235 hectares of wetland east of Prince George.

The deadline for raising the $75,000 Nature Trust of B.C. says it needs to complete the deal has been extended by a month to December 31, a spokesperson said.

As of this week, $40,000 has been raised since the organization launched the campaign on Oct. 19.

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 wetland also provides food, breeding grounds, and habitat for grizzly bears and moose, as well as threatened and at-risk mammals, birds, and amphibians. The northern goshawk, classified as threatened, and white sturgeon, classified as endangered, are found within the area.

The property also contains bog and fen ecosystems with rare and specialized flora and fauna - including two ecological communities ranked blue-listed or of special concern by the provincial government.

The $75,000 covers the last 15 per cent of the cost of the land, the spokesperson has said. To donate go to

Campaigns have also been launched in the name of Columbia Lake North - Wetlands, and the Saturna Island - Mount Fisher Bluffs.

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