THE MORRISON CREEK HEADWATERS ARE PROTECTED
The Morrison Headwaters are protected in perpetuity thanks to the remarkable generosity and vision of our partners, donors and the public. We are deeply grateful that this beautiful and important 275-hectare parcel will never be logged or developed.
The journey began decades ago with volunteers who understood the Headwaters’ unique importance. Their countless hours of advocacy and stewardship are the foundation of this amazing achievement.
With their protection assured, the wetlands and springs will continue to provide cool, abundant water for the rare Morrison Creek lamprey, four species of salmon, and two species of trout. The forest will be allowed to mature into old growth, and will continue to support wide-ranging predators, wildlife of all kinds, and an abundance of plant life, including traditional medicinal plants.
Many factors aligned to make this possible. The entire process kicked off with a $1.34 million grant from Environment and Climate Change Canada, which helped us think big regarding the amount of land we could protect. The BC Parks Foundation then stepped in with a commitment of $1.63 million, making this project the first in its 25×25 campaign to protect 25 beautiful places in B.C. by 2025. Other funders included the Sitka Foundation, the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, the Pacific Salmon Foundation, the Courtenay Fish and Game Protective Association and BC Hydro’s Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program.
To make up the remaining amount needed, CVLT and the BC Parks Foundation launched a crowdfunding campaign in the fall of 2022. The campaign was kick-started by major donations from four Comox Valley families, and over $500,000 was raised in total! The lands were purchased from Manulife Investment Management, the willing seller of the property. Their support was invaluable in bringing this project to fruition.
This acquisition is adjacent to the 22-hectare parcel we acquired together with the Comox Valley Regional District in 2019. It is located in the territory of the K’omoks First Nation, who refer to the area as “qax mot” or “lots of medicine” in relation to the abundance and diversity of medicinal plants the area supports.
We are so proud and humbled to be part of this community, and to receive so much support.