Leaning Towers group in Purcell Wilderness Conservancy. Photo: Wikipedia

Purcell Wilderness park to grow by 4 hectares

Addition brings total park area to 198,120 hectares

Purcell Wilderness Conservancy Provincial Park will grow by four hectares, as part of proposed amendments to the Protected Areas of British Columbia Act.

The provincial government made the announcement this week. The addition would bring the total area of the park, near Birchdale, northeast of Kaslo, to 198,120 hectares.

The park is home to at least 90 species of birds as well as elk, goats, black bears and grizzly bears. The addition “provides an important habitat connection,” to the larger portion of the park, the government said.

In addition, 35 hectares will be added to Syringa Provincial park near Castlegar.

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