Princeton Grasslands – MapleCross Meadow (Phase I)
Similkameen Valley, British Columbia

The Nature Trust of British Columbia – 2019
447 hectares (1,103 acres)

The Nature Trust of British Columbia acquired the first phase of a large grassland project in the Similkameen Valley to benefit wildlife, fish and plants. Princeton Grasslands MapleCross Meadow (Phase I), is 447 hectares (1,103 acres) in size and located near the community of Princeton. The majority of the property features native grasslands. Only 1% of British Columbia is covered with grasslands which provide habitat for 30% of BC’s species at risk. Grasslands support more threatened and endangered plants and animals than any other habitat type in the province. Grasslands also act as an important sink for carbon.

Asp Creek runs through the centre of the property and it also includes a wetland and seasonal ponds.

Many species, including some of BC’s most at risk, live here. The property features Critical Habitat for the endangered Williamson’s Sapsucker and threatened Lewis’s Woodpecker. Northern Goshawk and Barn Swallow, both threatened, have been observed near the western boundary while there is an incidental observation for the endangered American Badger on the northwest boundary. The property is adjacent to provincially identified Ungulate Winter Range for Mule Deer, and Mule Deer use this property.

The Nature Trust of BC appreciates the support of all those who made this conservation achievement possible: the Atkinson family, the Government of Canada through the Natural Heritage Conservation Program, MapleCross, Electoral Area H of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen, BC Conservation Foundation and other supporters.

“MapleCross is very excited to support The Nature Trust of British Columbia in protecting environmentally sensitive grasslands near Princeton. We hope to inspire others to invest in nature and join us in partnership with The Nature Trust towards retaining the unique and ecologically important biodiversity of the province.” Jan Oudenes and Isobel Ralston (MapleCross).

Content and property pictures courtesy of: The Nature Trust of British Columbia at naturetrust.bc.ca