Lafarge steps up to protect endangered species

By |  March 30, 2015

Lafarge Canada Inc. is working to protect coastal populations of western painted turtles, which are listed as federally endangered and red-listed provincially in Canada. According to Lafarge, western painted turtles are the only remaining native freshwater turtle in British Columbia, Canada.

Lafarge volunteers worked alongside Coastal Painted Turtle Project (CPTP) team members and the Lequamel Fist nations to construct turtle nesting beaches in Agassiz, British Columbia, in hopes of sustaining their population indefinitely.

‚ÄúLafarge has been supporting the CPTP for a number of years, helping with projects on the Sunshine Coast and south coast of [British Columbia],” says Deanna MacTavish, CPTP project leader. “We are very grateful that Lafarge donates nesting beach sand, transports it and provides volunteers to help place it at breeding sites.”

Lafarge says its next beach work to support the turtles will be at Burnaby Lake, British Columbia.

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