Read on for our latest news, including a message from our new president, some updates on our Puntledge and Morrison campaigns, some holiday gift options, and to meet one of our donors and a new staff member.

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Fall 2023 | Comox Valley Land Trust | In Land We Trust



I’m excited to move into the President’s role at this time in the Comox Valley Land Trust’s evolution! In 2023 we doubled the land we protect, and we are currently planning another campaign to acquire the forest along the banks of the Puntledge River.  We are so proud to be a part of this supportive community, and of the hard work of our partners, staff and board.   

Yours in conservation,

Lesley Giroday


This spring we purchased 24 hectares of a 100-hectare timber reservation within lands owned by BC Hydro along the Puntledge River. We are so grateful that this high-value mature forest is protected forever! Comox Timber, who are owned by Manulife Investment Management, have deferred their logging plans for the rest of the reservation to give us time to fundraise. This project is our top priority for 2024. Stay tuned!


Fred Fern is shown here donating $3,000 to the Comox Valley Land Trust Executive Director Tim Ennis. The two are standing in part of the Puntledge timber reservation. Fred cashed in his credit card travel rewards to make his donation, and he hopes to inspire others to do the same. Fred’s primary motivation was to take action on climate change: protecting maturing trees from harvest is an effective and well-recognized natural climate solution. Thank you so much, Fred!


We are selling 5×7 art postcards to fundraise for our Land Trust! We invite you to use these as an alternative to a material gift for friends and family. Funds raised will help grow our Natural Climate Solutions Fund, which supports local conservation projects and programs. The $50 or $100 supporter cards feature beautiful artwork from long-time CVLT member Tracey Kobus. The back of the card describes the campaign and the donation amount, and provides a place for your name and the recipient’s name.

Orders will be mailed, and a tax receipt will be provided at year-end. Thank you for supporting conservation in the Comox Valley!

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This July, our staff, board, and conservation partners were delighted to host a community celebration of the successful purchase of 275 hectares of the Morrison Headwaters. We are so proud of this achievement and of the community that we live in!

Former CVLT President Michael Nihls, together with Derek Solmie, Director, Dispositions and Aquisitions, Manulife Investment Management. Manulife were the owners of the headwaters and assisted the CVLT in the purchase process.
Volunteers with food catered by Lush Valley Food Action Society. Photo by Lush Valley.


2024 Comox Valley Conservation Partnership calendars are on sale! The Partnership is a program hosted by the CVLT that brings conservation and stewardship groups together to conserve and protect Valley watersheds, forests and wetlands. Funds raised through calendar sales help the program carry out its education and other conservation efforts. Calendars purchased online will be mailed to you, and calendars are also sold at several venues around town.
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Raised on Cortes Island, Marcelle has carried a love of nature along a diverse academic and professional path. She completed a BSc in Linguistics and a BSc in Computer Science, followed by seven years as a programmer for the music platform, Bandcamp. In early 2021, she left the tech industry to pursue her passion for the environment, and is thrilled to have found a new home supporting both Project Watershed and the CVLT.

In her free time, Marcelle spends time walking, reading, doing yoga, and practising botanical illustration with the cat on her lap.

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