October 4, 2018

The Comox Valley Land Trust (CVLT) is pleased to announce its newest land acquisition project — the Morrison Headwaters Nature Preserve. The expansive, undeveloped oasis nestled between the margins of the Village of Cumberland and the City of Courtenay provides habitat for an extraordinary diversity of wildlife. This unique spring-fed watershed provides ideal spawning and rearing conditions for salmon and trout year-round. In addition, the Morrison Headwaters is home to over a dozen species-at-risk, including mammals, fish, amphibians, and birds.

Understanding the high ecological values of this parcel, the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) has entered into a partnership with CVLT for the acquisition of this land. At the October 2, 2018 CVRD board meeting, the board approved the principles of a land acquisition partnership between the CVRD and CVLT. 

The CVRD will contribute $325,000 from its dedicated park acquisition fund toward the purchase, and CVLT will raise the additional funds required to complete the purchase of the 22.5-hectare (55-acre) parcel in Electoral Area C.  Upon successful acquisition of the lands, the CVRD will manage the land as a nature park within the CVRD Baynes Sound, Electoral Areas B and C Parks and Greenways Service.

 

"This is a great example of two organizations working together towards common objectives and we are excited at the opportunity to further protect wetlands and fish habitat in the valley,” said the CVRD Manager of Parks, Doug DeMarzo. 

With the contribution from the CVRD, CVLT will have reached 75% of the $870,000 fundraising goal. CVLT is relying on the financial support of the community to secure the future of this vital parcel and has until March 31st, 2019 to raise the additional funds needed to purchase and protect the land. Success with this project will be the first step towards a campaign to protect the entire Morrison Headwaters area.

To donate or view the campaign video, visit the Comox Valley Land Trust's website

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About the Comox Valley Regional District:
The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) is a federation of three electoral areas and three municipalities providing sustainable services for residents and visitors to the area. The members of the regional district work collaboratively on services for the benefit of the diverse urban and rural areas of the Comox Valley.

About Comox Valley Land Trust: 
Comox Valley Land Trust (CVLT) works to protect and conserve the ecologically significant land and wildlife habitat of the Comox Valley region. It addresses conservation through two programs: the Land Protection Program and the Comox Valley Conservation Partnership Program. CVLT’s team of dedicated volunteers and staff collaborates with the community, local governments, landowners and other stewardship organizations in the Comox Valley region. 

Media Contacts: 

Doug DeMarzo, Manager of Parks
Comox Valley Regional District
Tel: 250-334-6053

Tim Ennis, Executive Director
Comox Valley Land Trust 
Tel: 250-650-9561