Hello Conservation Partners,
When we kicked off our final 30 day countdown to complete our community fundraising for Project Perseverance, the world looked a little bit different. Today we find ourselves filled with such gratitude for the resilience and optimism of the Cumberland Forest community in the face the COVID -19 crisis.

The health and resilience of the watersheds and ecological systems that sustain us continue to be critically important. Climate resilient forests, creeks, wetlands and drinking water sources are valuable beyond measure. While we may need to adapt our Project Perseverance immediate timelines in response to the COVID context, we remain fully committed to our project and our goals.

Project Perseverance will complete a significant two-part conservation project that started in 2013. It includes the 2016 purchase of Space Nugget and adds over 320 acres of protected lands to the south-west flank of the Village of Cumberland in the Perseverance Watershed. It is the continuation of a historic conservation effort that started in the year 2000, supported by residents and neighbours from across the Comox Valley and beyond. It is an expression of the very best of community, commitment and the art of perseverance.

The CCFS was in the middle of a final $150,000 fundraising drive for this 2 38 million dollar project in March 2020 when the COVID – 19 crisis started to unfold globally and locally. Part of that drive was a $50,000 matching fundraising challenge in honour of Guardian Donor Rob H Daniel.

We are so humbled to report that despite a dramatic change in fundraising plans, our community met this matching challenge and exceeded it on March 15th, raising a total of $110,000 for the upcoming Perseverance purchase. Thank you so much to Adrienne Daniel and her family for making this very special challenge happen.

This leaves us only $40,000 short of our March 31 community fundraising target for this project.  But this shortfall will not prevent us from proceeding, and we are adapting our plans to raise these final funds in the weeks ahead.

In fact, donations toward this shortfall are already coming in including an offer to match the first $20,000 we raise in the next week.

Donations in support of this match can be made through https://www.cumberlandforest.com/protect/ or https://www.canadahelps.org/…/cumberland-community-forest-…/. Any funds raised above the $40, 000 target will be dedicated directly to critical restoration planning.

All funds raised by Cumberland Community Forest Society for the purchase, protection, research and future restoration of the Cumberland Forest are held safely by First Credit Union.

Thank you for surrounding this watershed protection effort with your support and generosity. May the days and weeks ahead hold you and your loved ones safely.