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Machmell Conservancy

About This Conservancy

Machmell Conservancy was established as part of government’s land use decision for the Central Coast planning area. The conservancy protects a deltaic, non-tidal, freshwater wetland. The wetland begins at the confluence of the Machmell, Genesse and Neechanz rivers, with several freshwater channels of variable size braiding across the flats.

The area receives high use by grizzly bears and the wetland is important habitat. The Machmell River is a significant spawning stream for sockeye salmon and for other salmon species, including chinook, coho, pink and chum. Dolly Varden, steelhead, rainbow and cutthroat trout are also present. The area is of high cultural importance to the Wuikinuxv First Nation.

Conservancy Size: 1,814 hectares

Date Established: May 31, 2007

Location

The conservancy is located approximately 50 kilometres east of Wuikinuxv Village and 75 kilometres south of Bella Coola.