2019 has been a big year for the Cumberland Forest Community (CCFS) as we approach the completion of the largest single purchase in CCFS history. In the first 3 months of 2020 we’ll be finalizing the purchase and protection of over 226 acres of beautiful forest along Perseverance Creek.
This area is part of the Perseverance Watershed which feeds into Comox Lake, and helps to replenish the drinking water supply for the entire Comox Valley. This ecologically rich area is also filled with diverse aquatic and terrestrial species including the Little Brown Bat and the Red Legged Frog, both identified as species at risk.
We are currently in the process of raising the final 10% needed to make the Perseverance purchase a reality. As the Board of Directors, we would like to express our gratitude for the generosity, active participation and friendship of so many local businesses, professionals, individuals and families. You are the heart and soul of the CCFS and you are the reason we continue to make conservation history on Vancouver Island!
2020 is also the 20th anniversary of the CCFS and we are looking forward to celebrating with all of you in the year ahead. We’re excited about continuing with our wonderful partner events, Science Pubs, Trivia Nights, Film Fests, Educational Presentations, Forest Story Collective initiatives and Cumberland Bat Project activities. We’re also going to be focusing on developing resources for educational signage, curriculum kits for schools, climate resilience projects, species at risk research, and restoration planning and projects within the Cumberland Forest in partnership with the Village of Cumberland and local stewardship groups.
As you know, the Cumberland Community Forest Society is a charitable not for profit society. All donations over $25 are eligible for a tax receipt. We ask you to consider making a year-end charitable donation to the society to help us reach our immediate goals and to support our ongoing efforts to protect, preserve and restore the forests, creeks and wetlands that surround us.
We wish you all a wonderful festive season and a happy new year and hope you find time to enjoy the beauty of nature that surrounds us!
Cumberland Community Forest Society, Board of DirectorsEvan Gough (Chair), Jason Ross (Vice Chair), Caroline Tymchuk (Treasurer), Lisa Levesque, Andrew Nicoll, John Gower, Annabelle Sproule, Shawn Gabel, Camille Douglas, Nygil Goggins, Marqis Diment, Craig Keeping, Angela Boss