Chilcotin Marsh Enhancement Project


Chilcotin Lake 3In 1987, The Nature Trust of British Columbia acquired 601.5 hectares of land at Chilcotin Lake and Chilcotin Marsh, approximately 130 kilometers west of Williams Lake with funding support from Wildlife Habitat Canada and the Province of British Columbia.

Chilcotin Lake 2This beautiful conservation complex is a renowned waterfowl staging area in the Chilcotin Plateau, hosting 5,000 to 6,000 ducks and hundreds of Canada Geese during the fall migration, in addition to a wide variety of other wildlife species.

Perimeter fencing, installed in stages over the past 30 years to prevent domestic livestock from impacting the conservation area, had deteriorated to the point where it was no longer effective. Over the past two years, the Chilcotin Marsh Enhancement Project has been replacing the degraded perimeter fences around the marsh component of this conservation complex. In 2014/15, this project replaced over 6 kilometers of fencing, which will improve habitat for a wide range of waterfowl, migratory birds, and other wildlife species.

Chilcotin Lake 1This project has been an ongoing initiative of The Nature Trust and the Provincial Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations, with the generous and much appreciated financial assistance of a number of conservation partners, including the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, Wildlife Habitat Canada, and the National Wetlands Conservation Fund. Ducks Unlimited Canada continues to assist with the management of this property.


Our Partners

hctf new logolargeHabitat Conservation Trust Foundation

The Nature Trust of BC recognizes the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation and anglers, hunters, trappers and guides who contribute to the Trust, for making a significant financial contribution to support the Chilcotin Marsh Enhancement Project. Without such support, this project would not have been possible.


Wildlife Habitat Canada

Since 1985, Wildlife Habitat Canada, a national, non-profit, charitable conservation organization, has invested over $50 million to support hundreds of conservation projects on private and public lands across Canada, through its granting program. Wildlife Habitat Canada works through partnerships with communities, landowners, governments, non-government organizations, and industry to conserve, enhance, and restore wildlife habitat. To learn more about the projects that Wildlife Habitat Canada has funded or to see our annual report, please visit
Without habitat…there is no wildlife. It’s that simple!

WHC_logo_large_colour-236 KB-FINAL January 2009

This project was undertaken with the financial support of:
Ce projet a été réalisé avec l’appui financier de:

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National Wetlands Conservation Fund

National Conservation Plan


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