The club used to run a target range in Burnaby, but it was shut down in 1998 after the City did not renew its lease. Its remaining members are strong conservationists, and the club is a member of B.C. Wildlife Federation, so it is now making a special legacy gift to The Nature Trust to wrap up its financial affairs.
“Barnet Rifle Club members are proud to contribute to the ongoing management of the Little-Levin Lake property,” says President Gary Mauser. “Being hunters, we have long recognized the importance of conserving habitat for wildlife.”
He adds, “In little more than a century, the human population of B.C. has swollen from under 5,000 to over 4 million. Despite this impressive growth, numerous wildlife species have thrived thanks largely to the efforts of B.C. hunters and conservationists.”
The 52 acre property donated by Margaret and Jim Little is a habitat for wildlife like waterfowl, rare plant species, and moose. The lake can be found at the headwaters of Indian Creek near Murdale Lake and Whispering Pine Lake, and the Littles say their intention was always to keep it “as is” for future generations.
Its preservation also needs financial support, and it’s hoped the community will step up.
“Securing property is only the first step,” says The Nature Trust CEO Jasper Lament. “We need to take care of the land forever and this requires financial resources. This gift is a wonderful start towards our goal of $20,000 for the Little-Levin Lake land management endowment.”
Donations to the Little-Levin Lake land management endowment can be made via the website www.naturetrust.bc.ca, by calling the office at 604-924-9771 (toll free 1-866-288-7878) or by mailing a cheque payable to The Nature Trust of B.C. (#260 1000 Roosevelt Crescent, North Vancouver, BC V7P 3R4).