The lake can be found at the headwaters of Indian Creek near Murdale Lake and Whispering Pine Lake, and is being named Little-Levin Lake, to recognize the hard work of Jim’s parents and grandparents in developing their land. The Littles purchased the property almost 15 years ago, and Jim says their intention was always to keep it “as is” for future generations.
“We bought it in 1999, and we bought it to protect it,” he explains. “The reason we gave it to the Trust is they made a commitment that they’ll look after it for basically forever. The agreement we have with them, it means that if for some reason they can’t keep the conservation they have to turn it over to somebody who can.”
The Nature Trust of British Columbia is a non-profit conservation organization that maintains tens of thousands of acres across the country. Dr. Jasper Lament, CEO of The Nature Trust, says Little-Levin Lake has been added to almost 5,000 acres of protected land in the Peace Region.
“This is an important addition to our conservation lands, and we’ll manage it for the fish and wildlife and plants forever,” he promises. “Fortunately this particular property is in really good condition.”
Lament explains managing the land can mean everything from taking care of invasive weeds and managing access of livestock, to habitat restoration. In this region, that’s the responsibility of Conservation Land Manager Carl MacNaughton, who is in the area this week checking on properties. He took a helicopter tour of the lake today, and says it’s home to many important wildlife.
“It’s a host for a number of rare and endangered species, and then a lot of common ones as well,” he explains. “A lot of mammals, a lot of water fowl use the property, and it’s a very clear, clean lake.”
The funding for that protection mainly comes from donors, and the Nature Trust and Littles are hoping the community will band together and help.
“Hopefully they’ll support this,” says Jim. “We’ll still support it ourselves, but there’s a maintenance fee and costs of everything over time and it takes money to look after it. We provide the land and hopefully other people will help us to keep it.”
“We are accepting donations to the land management endowment for this property, and that will help to ensure that we have the resources to take care of this property,” adds Lament.
Donations can be made by calling 1-866-288-7878 or online at www.naturetrust.bc.ca.