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‘I’m honoured’: Winfield conservationist recognized with land dedication

Ron Taylor, a longtime wildlife conservationist from Winfield, looks at a sign dedicating a section of land in his name following an unveiling late last month.
Ron Taylor, a longtime wildlife conservationist from Winfield, looks at a sign dedicating a section of land in his name following an unveiling late last month. Southern Interior Land Trust

The Southern Interior Land Trust (SILT) honoured wildlife conservationist Ron Taylor by dedicating 12 acres of land in his name on Sept. 28.

The R.E Taylor Conservation Property, a streamside wildlife habitat, is located on the banks of Keremeos Creek, near Olalla.

SILT is a non-profit land trust dedicated to preserving wildlife habitat.

Bobcat released back into its habitat after being hit by a car
Bobcat released back into its habitat after being hit by a car

“I have and still am working with the B.C. Wildlife Federation (BCWF) and they were involved with conservation,” Taylor told Global News, “and we ran some fundraisers and raised some money so that we could buy some property for wildlife.”

The sign dedicating the R.E. Taylor Conservation Property was unveiled on Sept. 28.
The sign dedicating the R.E. Taylor Conservation Property was unveiled on Sept. 28. Southern Interior Land Trust

According to SILT, this purchase is the fifth and most recent addition to its conservation holdings.

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Taylor said it’s not only home to six at-risk species, but other animals “that just pass through going from one side of the valley to the other.”

Otters play in the snow at B.C. wildlife rescue
Otters play in the snow at B.C. wildlife rescue

SILT said it wanted to honour Taylor for his years of commitment to wildlife preservation.

Taylor helped create the land trust in 1988, with SILT adding he has mentored hundreds of people regarding fishing, hunting, trapping, biology and conservationism.

The 84-year-old is still involved in assisting with the Oceala Fish and Game Club and the B.C. Wildlife Federation.

Taylor said it is an honour to have a piece of conservation property dedicated to him.

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