The Comox Valley Land Trust works to address conservation through two programs: the Land Protection Program, and the Comox Valley Conservation Partnership Program.
The Land Protection Program - The Land Protection Program identifies the most important lands for conservation through a science-based planning methodology. Once identified, high priority parcels of private land are then targeted for protection by contacting the respective landowners and attempting to negotiate a conservation outcome based on a legally-durable set of real estate options.
The Land Trust protects land by creating legally binding conservation covenants in partnership with land owners. Conservation covenants are a means of permanently protecting specific ecological values or entire sections of land. Other means of protecting land include holding land titles for donated land, leasing land long-term or purchasing properties of high ecological value. In many cases, the Comox Valley Land Trust is also able to contribute technical expertise toward conservation-based private land protection projects that are championed by partners like local governments, who may strive to acquire land for parks.
The Comox Valley Conservation Partnership Program (CVCP) - The CVCP program is a community partnership coordinated by the Comox Valley Land Trust. Twenty two local autonomous partner groups (stewardship based ENGOs, advocacy based ENGOs, and local residents’ associations) work together to undertake projects that encourage the protection and restoration of natural environments.
In the past, The Partnership has worked with local governments to incorporate strong environmental values into regulations, policies, official community plans, and the Regional Growth Strategy. The program has also produced reports on sensitive ecosystem losses in the Comox Valley and the Comox Lake Watershed, and developed maps and gps data related to conservation in the region.
The program is currently focused on working with local governments toward improved environmental development permit area regulations, Comox Lake Watershed protection, and a tree protection bylaw for the City of Courtenay that accounts for the protection and restoration of urban forests.
To learn more, visit www.cvconservationstrategy.org.