Our perseverance has paid off and on September 1st we completed the purchase and protection of 226 acres of beautiful forest and creek in the Perseverance Creek Watershed.
This has been a truly remarkable journey and an inspiring collective effort. This 2.5 million dollar undertaking would not have been possible without the profound collaboration of individuals, families, artists, athletes, restaurants, brewpubs, professionals, businesses, local government, foundations and community organizations big and small. Thank you for being part of this historic conservation effort.
The Cumberland Community Forest Society (CCFS) is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Formed in the year 2000 by a group of Village residents concerned about logging adjacent to the community, the CCFS has since purchased and protected over 500 acres of threatened forest lands. These lands are protected for ecological conservation and low impact recreation. As part of this recent purchase process, the CCFS has also become a conservation covenant holding organization, and we join our partners and friends at the Comox Valley Land Trust in holding responsibility for the long term protection of the forest. It is an honour to hold this responsibility on behalf of our community.
Our work has only just begun and restoration, regeneration and biodiversity projects are already under development to begin to address historical impacts on the landscape. The business of buying and protecting land doesn’t stop once the purchase is made. Together we have a responsibility to be stewards and active partners in caring for these lands and waterways and the living things that call it home.
Check out our Annual Update HERE