In March the Cumberland Community Forest Society (CCFS) had to spring into action to respond to harvest plans and flagging in the upland and riparian forests along Lower Perseverance Creek.

This area forms part of an ecological corridor that links Perseverance Creek to Comox Lake. The riparian forests are filled with mature Red cedar and Douglas fir, some well over 125 years old.  The lower reaches of the creek have been identified as high priority for habitat restoration and the area offers refuge and safe passage for species big and small from the upland mountains to the lake. From bears and cougars to bats and salmon, this corridor is a place for nature to retreat from the pressures of human encroachment on the landscape.

This corridor has been identified as a top priority for conservation by the CCFS, Comox Valley Land Trust, Perseverance Streamkeepers and the Village of Cumberland, and it impacts the drinking water resources of the Comox Valley Regional District. It is salmon bearing. It flanks the old Wellington Rail path to the historic #4 Mine site and links directly with Coal Creek Historic Park.

We now find ourselves in the unexpected position of leading negotiations for a critical land purchase project less that 7 months after we completed the 225 acre purchase in the the adjacent landscape.  We didn’t expect to be here so soon. But here we are. Thanks to the global timber market, there is a lot of action in the forests of Vancouver Island right now.

You have been here with us. 2 weeks ago we launched a Leadership Donor campaign to ensure we have the resources to demonstrate community support and to help us engage other funders and partners. Your response, encouragement, and generosity has been wind in our sails.

Please join us as we continue to secure the funds to make this purchase – and our ongoing conservation work in the Perseverance Creek Watershed – possible.

Here is how to support:
1. Become a monthly donor of the CCFS or make a one time donation to support our ongoing land protection, stewardship, advocacy, research and education work. Much of this work centers specifically around restoration, research, monitoring and stewardship in the Perseverance Creek corridor. It is that important work that has made this opportunity possible  www.cumberlandforest.com/protect/.

2. Make a donation ($500 +) specifically for the Lower Perseverance Creek opportunity. It is critical that CCFS has cash in hand to leverage other funders and move quickly. If for any reason the transaction is unable to proceed, these donations will be allocated to restoration projects in the Perseverance Creek Corridor. However, if requested, donations can be held as externally restricted donations for this purchase only. Visit www.cumberlandforest.com/protect/ or use the attached form and send a note to donate@cumberlandforest.com and a formal email exchange about the donation will occur.

3. Make a pledge to the CCFS. Let us know you are ready to give when the deadline hits! Message donate@cumberlandforest.com or meaghan@cumberlandforest.com.

4. Donate goods or services to the Spring Stewardship Auction. Message donate@cumberlandforest.com or meaghan@cumberlandforest.com to line up your offering. The auction runs from April 19th to April 25th.