The Nature Conservancy of Canada says the Tatlayoko Valley is now a protected conservation area.
The group says it took over 15 years to piece together the over 2,700 acres of land for protection.
The last parcel of land was donated by businessman Joeg Fischer and his wife Hannelore, they had previously worked with the NCC to spearhead conservation efforts in the valley.
The NCC’s Tanya Wahbe says it was important that the land was donated because the area was wanted for resort development.
Wahbe says while the NCC’s first priority is to protect the habitats, they still want to allow the public to access the lands.
The NCC says the Fischer’s previous holdings in the valley at the north end of Tatlayoko Lake were prime areas for resort development, but the Fishers wanted the area to retain its natural integrity.
it says the Tatlayoko Valley is a critical link between the rainforests of the Pacific Coast and the grasslands of the Central Interior and is home to a number of species at risk.
The conservation area is in the traditional territory of the Tsilqotin Nation and the Homalko Indian Band.