Posted on December 22, 2010
Conserving The Natural Beauty Of The Comox Valley
With lakes, rivers, marshes, flat lands, mountains, hills, beaches, ocean water, streams, forests and an abundance of varied and fascinating flora, fauna and wildlife, the Comox Valley is a biological smorgasbord of some of Mother Nature’s finest work.
The diversity found in the Comox Valley is entirely precious and the Comox Valley Land Trust through the Comox Valley Conservation Strategy (CVCS) has made it their mission to protect the Valley’s constantly evolving ecosystem.
Why conservation? Over the last two decades, the Comox Valley’s highly sensitive ecosystem has suffered a loss that exceeds 42%. Today only 16% of the Comox Valley’s land is protected – a stake that’s mainly held in Strathcona Provincial Park.
By identifying the Valley’s most critical ecosystems, the CVCS plans to reverse the direction of loss and instead restore and protect the land. There are five areas within the Comox Valley ecosystem that have been identified as being top priorities:
- riparian areas (strips of land that border bodies of water such as rivers and lakes)
- sensitive zones such as old growth forests and marshlands
- upland wildlife corridors that are home to varied species – including habitats and reservoirs
- critical watersheds, primarily the Browns river and Tsable river
- Courtenay Estuary
Having called the Comox Valley my home since I was only two-years-old, it’s quite easy to take for granted the natural beauty that is outside our front doors. However, a quick glance at the receding Comox Glacier or the bald mountainsides from clear-cutting will verify the fact that the face and shape of the local ecosystem is very much at risk. Ripple effects can be profound.
The CVCS aims to engage local politicians, relevant community-based organizations and any others with a specific interest in preserving the Comox Valley’s natural environment. Environmental information and research, capacity building, education programs, workshops and community outreach are only a small number of ways the CVCS is making an impact in the community.
Putting an emphasis and focus on the positive effects of conservation, protection and restoration may create the push necessary to see these changes in this generation’s lifetime. The CVCS’s goals will ultimately improve the quality of life for the community’s residents, provide greater and “free” air and water quality, aid in the overall development and positive growth of the Comox Valley and boost some of the draws that local industries, such as tourism, depend on.
For more information regarding the CVCS and to find out how you can get involved, please visit the Comox Valley Conservation Strategy online. Here you’ll also find expanded information on the benefits, the goals and the strategy itself. The CVCS can also be found on Facebook and YouTube. Follow the Comox Valley Land Trust on Twitter.