At the Snk’mip Marsh Sanctuary: beaver lodge, Canada geese and baby goslings. Photo by Moe Lyons.
Valhalla Foundation for Ecology
is a charitable organization that protects ecologically valuable land for environmental conservation...
our mandate is to preserve wild places for wild things
As a land trust, the Valhalla Foundation for Ecology currently stewards several conservation properties in British Columbia, Canada (see What We Do).
We are operated by a dedicated all-volunteer board of directors that includes biologists, activists and ecological experts … all volunteers who care deeply about protecting and stewarding the natural world. Our work is supported by donations and grants from generous individuals in the communities where we work and beyond, plus conservation-oriented foundations.
The Valhalla Foundation for Ecology is a Canadian charity, registered with the Canada Revenue Agency: #86847 5641 BC0001. All donations to the Valhalla Foundation for Ecology are tax-deductible. We are also a non-profit society in British Columbia under the BC Society Act.
For up-to-date information about our organization, our board of directors and our charitable status, this link will take you to the Valhalla Foundation for Ecology's listing with the Canada Revenue Agency's Charities Branch.
We strive to work collaboratively with the First Peoples of the areas where we steward nature sanctuary properties; we recognize their unceded rights. And we are a proud member of the Land Trust Alliance of BC, supporting their standards and best practices.
On a planet imperiled by species extinction, massive habitat loss, and devastating global climate disruption, our vision is a world where adequate habitat is protected for all living things and where the rights of nature and a healthy environment have precedence.
We work toward a world where humanity lives in balance with nature. We recognize we have a responsibility for protecting and stewarding the natural world and we reject the world-view that justifies exploiting nature solely for profit or human convenience. People, too, need a healthy planet -- for the very air we breathe, water we drink and food we eat.
We further this vision by acquiring and stewarding ecologically vital areas for conservation and advocating for the protection of wilderness and the environment.
Our nature sanctuaries provide places for youth to connect with nature. Photo by Chillia Zoll.
What we do
A staggering amount of the earth’s ecologically rare and biologically rich wetlands have been drained, filled, plowed under, flooded or otherwise destroyed. There is a noteworthy exception to the alarming global tide of wetland destruction and it’s taking place in the Slocan Valley region of British Columbia: at the Snk'mip Marsh Sanctuary. Here, a previously damaged wetland is being repaired and restored, inch by precious inch. The Valhalla Foundation for Ecology purchased this 35-acre parcel of wetland in the Slocan Valley and is currently undertaking extensive wetland restoration and expansion work.
The Snk'mip Marsh Sanctuary is located in the unceded territory of the Sinixt First People.
We host nature interpretive opportunities for school groups. Volunteers and donors support the Valhalla Foundation for Ecology and we collaborate with other conservation organizations.
Restoring the wetland at Smk'mip marsh. Here, a biologist captures an endangered amphibian for relocation.
Grassland sanctuary for nature
Grasslands are a very endangered ecosystem, vital to many endangered species. In the Chilcotin region of British Columbia the Valhalla Foundation for Ecology stewards a 240-acre nature sanctuary to provide secure habitat for grizzly bears, wild horses, spawning salmon and a vast range of other species in need of a secure home. Recently, board members and volunteers fenced off a meandering section of Elkin Creek that transects the VFE's property to prevent free-ranging cattle from damaging riparian areas and salmon spawning beds. The Elkin Creek Nature Sanctuary is located in the unceded territory of the Xeni Gwet'in First Nation.
Wild horses are another species protected by our nature preserve
Grizzly bears are just one species protected by the Valhalla Foundation for Ecology at the Elkin Creek Nature Preserve
Colleen's Beach Park is a small strip of lake-shore beach property on Slocan Lake located in the Village of Silverton. This parcel was donated to the Valhalla Foundation for Ecology in memory of noted environmentalist Colleen McCrory who passed away in 2007, she lived nearby. Colleen was a founder of the Valhalla Foundation for Ecology, a leader of the Valhalla Wilderness Society, and a pivotal advocate for the creation of Valhalla Provincial Park. She was recognized by the Goldman Foundation as a world leader in environmental activism. From this lakeside park, visitors can look across beautiful Slocan Lake and enjoy the incredible scenery and breathtaking wild mountains of Valhalla Provincial Park.
Lakeshore beach for the community
Colleen McCrory and her son, exploring nature
The Valhalla Mile
Mile of lake-shore
now part of a BC Provincial Park
The Valhalla Foundation for Ecology spearheaded a campaign to raise funds to acquire a 155-acre parcel of forested private land (including a mile of lake frontage), an in-holding located within the boundaries of Valhalla Provincial Park in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia. After an intense and successful fundraising campaign, the parcel was acquired and donated to BC Parks to become part of the park, with a strong conservation covenant. This property is now protected in perpetuity for the enjoyment of all who wish to appreciate nature in Valhalla Provincial Park.
A lovely stretch of beach on Slocan Lake in BC, part of the Valhalla Mile
Thanks to the VFE, this pristine lake-shore is protected and is now part of Valhalla Provincial Park
Snk’mip Marsh Sanctuary, Slocan Valley, BC. Drone photo by Issac Carter
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The Snk'mip Marsh Sanctuary is located in the unceded territory of the Sinixt First People. The Elkin Creek Nature Preserve is located in the unceded territory of the Xeni Gwet'in First Nation.
Snail-mail still works! To send us a cheque or reach us by mail, our postal address is: P.O. Box 207, New Denver, British Columbia, Canada V0G 1S0
To learn more about our work for nature, how you can help, ask questions, or voice your thoughts, use the contact form below. Let's talk about what matters to you.