Project Description

LAND SECUREMENT FUND

We are excited to be working towards the purchase of three ecologically important properties in the Puntledge River watershed! We have been granted $3.5 million from Environment and Climate Change Canada, and we are working to secure matching funds.

The proposed purchases will protect critical habitat and environmentally sensitive areas at risk from logging. In two of the locations, the plan is to purchase land and protect it with conservation covenants. The third project is unique in that it involves buying the timber reservation on land that BC Hydro owns.

The three sites include over a thousand acres of the most critical and sensitive habitat in the Comox Valley including mature forests, wetlands, and riparian areas. The federal funding must be matched, and funds must be raised by March 31, 2023.

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Puntledge Forest

This 100-hectare (247-acre) area runs on both sides of the Puntledge River on land owned by BC Hydro and has a well used recreation trail system.

It is nestled between the Comox Lake Bluffs Ecological Reserve and Nymph Falls Nature Park. Though BC Hydro owns the land, the trees are owned separately by way of a Timber Reservation owned by Comox Timber Limited and managed on their behalf by Manulife Investment Management Timberlands and Agriculture, Inc..

The area includes a 120-year-old second growth forest and is an example of a biologically rich, naturally regenerated forest. The site also includes habitat for the endangered Puntledge River summer Chinook. Purchasing the timber reservation will protect about 10 critically imperiled ecological communities and some 30 species at risk.  Notice was given in 2020 that the forest was going to be logged.

The community has been rallying to save the forest ever since. Currently, Manulife has deferred harvesting the site while CVLT works to raise the funds to purchase the timber reservation.

Morrison Creek Headwaters

Morrison Creek is spring fed year-round with cool water that enables it to sustain the most productive salmon stream of its size anywhere on southeastern Vancouver Island.

In 2019, CVLT and CVRD purchased a 22-hectare parcel of the area’s headwaters in what is now known as qax mot Conservation Area. The opportunity now is to buy an additional 289 hectares (714 acres) in the headwaters.

The expansive, undeveloped wilderness oasis nestled between the Village of Cumberland and the City of Courtenay provides habitat for an extraordinary diversity of wildlife including keystone species such as wide-ranging carnivores and robust runs of salmon and is the only home on Earth to the endangered Morrison Creek Lamprey.

In addition to the federal funding, CVLT has already raised more than $200,000 towards its purchase and is currently reaching out to past and potential funders and donors.

Lower Perseverance Creek

The Cumberland Community Forest Society (CCFS) has been raising funds to protect and expand the area of the Cumberland Community Forest for many years.

The Lower Perseverance Creek’s 17.5 hectares (43 acres) are its latest priority. The area forms part of an ecological corridor that links Perseverance Creek to Comox Lake.

The two lower reaches of the creek have been identified as vital for habitat restoration. It serves as a home to bears, cougars, bats, and salmon.

These projects are being undertaken with the financial support of:

Ce projet a été réalisé avec l’appui financier de: