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Endangered Spaces, a ten-year campaign led by World Wildlife Fund in the early 1990’s, had a goal to preserve 12% of all critical habitat in each of Canada’s provinces. BC Spaces was our provincial arm of the national campaign.

The “Tat” was the most visible project and the first major success the Endswell Foundation enjoyed being a part of.

The Tatshenshini-Alsek Park links the three adjacent national parks, Kluane in the Yukon, and Glacer Bay and Wrangell-St Elias in Alaska, with this northwest corner of British Columbia to create a 97 thousand square kilometer ecological unit and bi-national UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Tat remains a symbol of big wilderness, unparalleled scenery, habitat, emblematic of what nature produces on a large scale.

Our work to strengthen environmental voices that can speak to the public and engage with stakeholders with authority may be the most important defense of these places.

Endswell support was the main funding in the BC Endangered Spaces Campaign. In 1993 the Tatshenshini -Alsek Park became the fourth component in the largest international protected area in the world at that time. The campaign secured legal protective status in 1995 for all of the 106 protected areas that has been announced since 1991, including the Ts’yl’os Proviancial Park, the Kitlope Agreement, to preserve 217K hectares, another 500K hectares in Caribou-Chilcotin, and nearly 500kby the turn of the century over 12% of BC’s wilderness was formally protected.