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Nelson Range
Parent Area: Selkirk Mountains
 

Area: 2668 sq km.<br><b>Location:</b> A large group of summits with elevations in the 2000 to 2500 metre range in the southern section of the Columbia Mountains, generally lying south of Nelson and west of Creston as far as the small communities of Fruitvale, Montrose and Salmo. Includes: Stagleap Provincial Park, West Arm Provincial Park, extensive private land used for logging owned by Darkwoods of Nelson.<br> <br> <b>Terrain:</b> A range of smaller summits, generally between 2000 and 2500 metres, heavily bisected by creeks, rivers and lakes. Lower elevations are generally heavily forested, and lower peaks are lightly treed. Higher summits are alpine and there are extensive talus fields and small cliff bands. The range includes four Provincial Parks; two of which are mountainous: Stagleap and the West Arm; and two lake side Provincial Parks: Midge Creek and Drewry Point. There is also an extensive tract of private land that is used for logging. The Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area, a wetland designated by RAMSAR as having international importance, lies on the eastern boundary.<br> <br> <b>History:</b> The entire range is checkered with mining claims and the area has a long history of mining dating back to the 1800's.

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