A Canadian couple has gifted land containing pristine old growth forest to the Nature Conservancy of Canada. Harvey and Carol Thommasen donated the 122-hectare parcel in British Columbia's Central Coast, now called the Snowshoe Creek Conservation Area, through the Canadian government's ecological gifts program. The land is home to five species of Pacific salmon, grizzlies and multiple species of birds, and is in the traditional territories of the Nuxalk Nation, located next to the traditional Nuxalk village site of Nutl'lhiixw. The donation will help provide a secure travel corridor for large animals like deer and grizzly bear moving through the Bella Coola Valley.

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