The Land Conservancy of BC

The Land Conservancy of BC

September 21, 2005 10:00 ET

Media Release: MEC Makes Major Conservation Gift to TLC

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 21, 2005) - The Land Conservancy of British Columbia (TLC) received a major contribution this past weekend from Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC). Speaking at The Land Conservancy's 8th Annual General Meeting, MEC CEO Peter Robinson ended his talk with a gift of $100,000 for TLC's acquisition of Thwaytes Landing in Indian Arm. TLC Executive Director Bill Turner received the gift with appreciation and admiration for the tremendous role MEC plays in supporting conservation projects across Canada.

Since its inception in 1997, TLC has received MEC's support in protecting 11 remarkable conservation areas in BC. These include new parks and protected areas in the following locations: the Sooke Hills, South Winchelsea and Hornby Islands, Wildwood Forest, Nanaimo and Horsefly Rivers, Squamish, East Kootenay, Wycliffe Wildlife Corridor, Talking Mountain Ranch and most recently, Thwaytes Landing.

Thwaytes Landing is 130-acre historic property, located halfway up Indian Arm. It is one of the remaining residentially-zoned large ocean front properties remaining in the Lower Mainland. The Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD) and the District of North Vancouver each have contributed generously to its purchase. The park is being managed by the GVRD as a Regional Recreation Area. Thwaytes Landing has become an increasingly popular destination for kayakers, canoeists and boaters who enjoy the shoreline as a day-use rest area while exploring Indian Arm.

TLC has been working hard to raise awareness and the funding required to complete the acquisition. For the past four years, TLC has organized an annual Paddle-a-Thon fundraiser for outdoor enthusiasts. "Thwaytes Landing is one of a very few remaining oceanfront properties still offering public access in the Lower Mainland," says Director of Development and Communications, Kathleen Gibbard. "Preserving special places like this will be more important to nature lovers young and old in years to come." Including MEC's wonderful gift, more than $350,000 has been raised. TLC is responsible for raising an additional $300,000 to complete the purchase of Thwaytes Landing.

The MEC gift stems from the outdoor retailer's commitment to social and environmental leadership. By fostering partnerships with organizations like TLC, MEC helps conserve places of significant recreational or wilderness value. "Conservation of significant lands is as important as ever," said CEO Peter Robinson. "We're proud to assist The Land Conservancy in its efforts to secure Thwaytes Landing for this and future generations of British Columbians."

TLC is a non-profit, charitable land trust working throughout BC. TLC seeks to protect BC's natural and cultural sites. Since 1997, TLC has protected almost 100,000 acres of sensitive lands around the province, involving more than 100 projects. TLC has raised about $25 million directly and leveraged at least another $40 million to support their conservation work.

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