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About This Conservancy
K’ootz/Khutze Conservancy is located on the east side of Princess Royal Channel, along the Inside Passage route. It shares its northern boundary with Q’altanaas/Aaltanhash Conservancy.
Khutze Conservancy protects a very scenic fiord, the entire watershed of the Khutze River, scenic mountains, coastal old-growth forests, high value grizzly bear habitat, salmon spawning streams, marbled murrelets and low-elevation Sitka spruce forests. It also provides a protected anchorage (with scenic waterfalls) adjacent to the main Inside Passage route where visitors can spend a night to rest, fish or watch wildlife.
Established Date: July 13, 2006
Conservancy Size: 34,168 hectares
Know Before You Go
- Be bear aware while on shore in this conservancy.
- The Khutze River is not accessible to small boats further than about 2.5 km up river, due to rapids and rocks.
- There are no roads or trails in this conservancy.
- Reference: Marine Chart #3739 (Swanson Bay to Work Island)
- Reference: 1:50,000 scale Topographic Maps #103 H/1 (Khutze River) and #103 H/2 (Butedale)
- Lakelse Douglas Channel area map [PDF 1.87MB]
PO Box 214
2109 Forest Avenue
Kitimat, BC, Canada V8C 2G7
Phone: 250-632-6294 or 1-800-664-6554
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Nature and Culture
- History: K’ootz/Khutze Conservancy was designated as a conservancy on July 28, 2006 following recommendations from the Central Coast Land and Resource Management Plan.
There were two previous mineral claims in the conservancy, up the Khutze River. The “Hunter” claims of 1927 targeted mineralized quartz veins containing copper, gold and silver. Three tonnes were mined yielding 40 kg of copper, 933 grams of gold and 373 grams of silver. The “Western Copper” claims of 1928 targeted mineralized quartz-feldspar veins along a shear zone. The veins contained copper, silver and gold. 215 tonnes were mined yielding 30,812 kg of copper, 45,193 grams of silver and 5,319 grams of gold. Remnants of the old rail grade that was used to bring out the ore can still be seen in the Khutze River estuary.
- Cultural Heritage: The conservancy is in the asserted traditional territory of the Gitga’at and Kitasoo First Nations and is an important traditional use area for them. The conservancy contains one known archaeological site (Pre-contact fish trap) and has historically been used for traditional food gathering, fishing and trapping by local First Nations.
Use the below link for more information or to contact these First Nations.
- Conservation: The conservancy protects an area of popular recreational use by boaters, the Khutze and East Khutze River watersheds and several small remote streams, lakes and wetlands. The conservancy also protects old-growth forests of red cedar, hemlock and spruce as well as coastal wildlife habitat including important salmon spawning streams and habitat for grizzly bears.
- Wildlife: Grizzly Bears, wolves, waterfowl, eagles, spawning salmon and deer can be seen in the conservancy. The best place to see wildlife is at the river mouth and estuary at the end of Khutze Inlet. Humpback whales, killer whales, Dall’s porpoises, Pacific white-sided dolphins, sea lions and harbour seals can also be seen in the adjacent marine waters.
Activities Available at this Conservancy
Pets on Leash
Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.
Dogs are not allowed on shore in the estuary. This is to prevent disturbance of the bears, and for the protection of dogs and their owners.