The Comox Valley Land Trust operates two programs: the Comox Valley Conservation Partnership (CVCP) program and the Land Protection Program .

The CVCP was formed in 2008, after concern was raised that there was no regional plan in the Comox Valley to prioritize and protect sensitive ecosystems on private land.  The CVCP brings together local community-based groups and other stakeholders to support their projects and provide a voice for the value of conservation in our natural areas.  The CVCP is administered by a Program Coordinator under the direction of the CVLT Executive Director and a volunteer Board of Directors.

The CVCP operates within the geographical region of the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, BC.  65,000 residents call this valley home and it includes the City of Courtenay, Town of Comox, Village of Cumberland, Comox Valley Regional District and the K’omoks First Nation

The CVCP acts as an umbrella group unifying its members to work toward our four common goals that ultimately will strengthen the protection of our sensitive ecosystems and natural areas.

Organizations can join the CVCP as a Partner Member or a Supporting Member; Partner Members actively participate on the CVCP steering committee, while Supporting Members support the decisions made by the steering committee.  Both Partner and Supporting Members accept the principles of the CVCP by endorsing 9 Priority Recommendations for local government found in “Nature Without Borders 2nd Edition 2013: the Comox Valley Land Trust Regional Conservation Strategy” . This Strategy has been accepted and endorsed by all levels of local and regional government as a conservation guideline.


The CVCP seeks the advice of its steering committee members, knowledgeable individuals from the community, and environmental professionals.

Partner Members include: Comox Valley Land Trust, Millard Piercy Watershed Society, Morrison Creek Streamkeepers, Project Watershed, Beaufort Watershed Stewards, Comox Valley Naturalists, Mac Laing Heritage Society, Comox Valley Water Watch Coalition, Perseverance Creek Streamkeepers Society, Cumberland Community Forest Society and Brooklyn Creek Watershed Stewards

Supporting Members include: Friends of the Comox Lazo Forest Society, Forbidden Plateau Residents Association, Black Creek Streamkeepers, Saratoga and Miracle Beach Residents Association, Arden Area Residents Association, Friends of Strathcona Park, Merville Area Residents and Ratepayers Association, Vancouver Island Whitewater Paddling Association, Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society, Macdonald Wood Park Society, Oyster River Management Committee and the Tsolum River Restoration Society, Comox Valley Council of Canadians, Comox Valley Sustainability Project.

Pieter RutgersPresident, Comox Valley Land Trust
Piet spent most of his professional planning career with the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation retiring as Director of Planning and Operations. During his tenure, over 80 hectares of parkland were secured and over twenty kilometres of waterfront trails were added. In 2010, he moved to the Comox Valley and joined the Comox Valley Land Trust to apply his management, planning and land acquisition skills to help protect the Valley’s remaining sensitive eco-systems and encourage local governments to adopt sustainable planning and development policies.
Bill HeidrickDirector, Project Watershed
Bill moved to the Comox Valley in 2011 after living on the west coast of Vancouver Island for 35 years and working at a variety of jobs in the forest industry. He has had a passion for outdoor recreation and nature all his life. He served for 8 years in local government, including 4 years as a director for the Regional District, and was involved in the formation of a Community Forest Licence in Nootka Sound. He completed the Streamkeepers course while in Zeballos.

Comox Valley Project Watershed Society is an environmental society with a focus on sensitive habitat stewardship. The organization offers professional conservation mapping and related technical services, host regular Streamkeeper and Wetlandkeeper courses, maintain a stewardship information library, and currently manage research, restoration, assessment, protection and awareness raising projects in the K’ómoks Estuary and Puntledge River Watershed. For more information, please visit the Project Watershed website.

Tanis GowerVolunteer Steward, Millard Piercy Watershed Stewards
Tanis is a biologist who lives near Piercy Creek. She loves to see the occasional salmon return to this urban waterway. Tanis has worked on urban creek restoration in other locales, and she is happy to volunteer with the Millard Piercy Stewards to help keep her home stream alive for her daughter and the other children that play there.

The Millard-Piercy Watershed Stewards are volunteers whose mission is to assess, restore and maintain the ecosystems of the Millard Piercy Watershed. Their team of volunteers count salmon, conduct water quality testing, and carry out riparian and instream restoration projects. They also work to lessen the impact of the extensive development ongoing in the Piercy Creek portion of the watershed, through working with developers and the City and through outreach and education. For more information please visit our website

John SnyderOutreach Director, Beaufort Watershed Stewards
John and his wife Sheila moved to Fanny Bay in 2007, coming from Alaska. He is a retired Teamster truck driver with over 47 years of Alaska Teamster membership. In 2009 he became involved with the CoalWatch Comox Valley Society, and served as its President for over 6 years. CoalWatch advocated against the proposed Raven Underground Coal Mine, which was later cancelled in 2016 after Federal and Provincial environmental reviews.

The Beaufort Watershed Stewards is a recently formed group of local citizens in the Fanny Bay area. The mission of the Beaufort Watershed Stewards is to advocate for a healthy watershed that sustains the quality and quantity of our water for future generations. For more information on Beaufort Watershed Stewards visit our website

Vanessa ScottDirector, Brooklyn Watershed Society
Brooklyn Creek holds special interest for those that live near it. A small stream that still has a viable Salmon run and has a good cover of old growth forests. Something rare in a residential environment. For more information, please visit the BCWS website
Kathryn CloustonDirector, Morrison Creek Streamkeepers
Kathryn has been volunteering with streamkeeping groups since her retirement from the Air Force in 2007. While doing this she also spent a few years at North Island College improving her knowledge of biological systems with an Associate of Science in Biology degree. She works part-time for Project Watershed but represents the Morrison Creek Streamkeepers with the CVCP as that is the creek that she lives beside. The Morrison Creek Streamkeepers (MCS), are a group of watershed residents and community members dedicated to preserving, rehabilitating and promoting public awareness of the Morrison Creek watershed. MCS worked for several years gathering biophysical data on the watershed and teamed up with Project Watershed to complete a streamside landowner contact program in 2000. They have participated in all aspects of the work to protect and preserve the endangered Morrison Creek Lamprey and, with it, other species in the Creek.
Meaghan CursonsCoordinator, Cumberland Community Forest Society
Meaghan Cursons moved to the Comox Valley in 1995 and has been working across sectors on community building projects, events and organizational development initiatives ever since. She is currently Executive Director of the Cumberland Community Forest Society, an organization dedicated to purchasing and protecting ecologically sensitive forests, creeks and wetlands surrounding the Village of Cumberland. She is also an active community engagement consultant, event producer, place-maker and facilitator. She is passionate about the interdisciplinary approach to land conservation and works with sport, culture, heritage and educational organizations in her conservation work.
Murray LittleDirector, Comox Valley Nature
C. V. Nature has existed since 1966. The aims of the Society are ‘to know nature, and keep it worth knowing’. The society has about 200 members who are active in many environmental activities, and a wide range of interests may be followed. Meetings are held most months, and outings are held most weeks.

CVN members can participate in groups interested in specific aspects of natural history in the area which organize field trips, workshops, and conservation projects – and members also participate with other organizations in the valley for joint projects. CVN groups include Birding, Botany, Conservation, Garry Oak Restoration, Marine and Shoreline, Nature Photography, and Wetland Habitat Restoration and Airpark
Stewardship. CVN developed the “Nature Viewing Guide”, available from tourist outlets, and many Reports and Publications are available on line.

Linda SaffordConservationist
Linda arrived in the Comox Valley in 1977. She is retired from a 38-year teaching career in the Valley. She has worked as a volunteer educator/organizer with multiple environmental NGOs, including CARE (Citizens Acting for Recycling and the Environment), a non profit NGO which initiated and managed the Valley’s first Paper Recycling and Composting Centres; the Conservation Strategy (precursor to its current incarnation, the Conservation Partnership), Perseverance Creek Streamkeepers, Cumberland Community Forest Society, Vancouver Island Water Watch Coalition, Coalwatch and the Council of Canadians. Having been raised in a large urban environment, she has lived in northern California, southern Oregon, and Haida Gwai. She has come to understand our dependence on the natural environment for human survival and continues to work passionately for its restoration and preservation.

The CVCP is always looking to partner with new organizations and groups working towards the same goals and objectives. Please get in touch with us if you’d like to participate.


We always welcome new people to direct and support our work. As a community based, grassroots organization, our strength has always come from our members. Membership is the foundation of our success. Let’s work together to protect and to conserve the Comox Valley Region by becoming a member. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to become involved.