Rio Tinto Closure Americas General Manager Steve Bourn said: “By supporting the permanent conservation of this important wildlife reserve, we aim to deliver lasting environmental outcomes for the Lake Chelan area. This builds on the transformation we have seen with the remediation of the Holden site, which is a great source of pride for us. Our goal is to leave a positive legacy for future generations, taking into account environmental and community considerations. The Chelan-Douglas Land Trust is an outstanding partner in preserving this property and we are confident they will be good stewards of the land.”
“This wetland mitigation is another long-lasting benefit of the ongoing Holden Mine Remediation on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. The USDA Forest Service, partner agencies (US Environmental Protection Agency, Washington Department of Ecology, US Fish and Wildlife Service) and the Yakama Nation worked with Rio Tinto to come up with a good solution to mitigating wetlands impacted at the former mine site. The long-term conservation of this area will support native species and habitats unique to the Chelan area and will provide benefits for generations to come,” said Mario Isaias-Vera, U.S. Forest Service Remedial Project Manager.
CDLT contributed a portion of the project funding with a grant from the Resilient Landscapes Conservation Fund of Oregon Community Foundation. Owen Wozniak, the land transactions program manager at the Land Trust Alliance, notes “The Pacific Northwest Resilient Landscapes Initiative applies cutting-edge science to identify projects that help nature and people adapt to a changing climate. By connecting public lands from the Cascade Crest almost to the edge of Lake Chelan, the Chelan Coulees Reserve will help species shift their ranges in a warmer and drier climate. We’re thrilled to support it.”
For more information about Pacific Northwest Resilient Landscapes Initiative visit: https://www.landtrustalliance.org/pacific-northwest-resilient-landscapes-initiative.
The Chelan-Douglas Land Trust is a local non-profit organization working to conserve our land, our water, and our way of life. The Land Trust has a 36-year record of working collaboratively with property owners and communities to identify and protect the region’s most important natural landscapes forever. For more information: www.cdlandtrust.org