CVCS Information Session To Protect Comox’s Northeast Woods

As a child, I attended Brooklyn Elementary in Comox. Recess and lunch hour would be spent playing with friends and creating an imaginary world in the small cluster of trees behind the school. In high school, we were fortunate enough to have an entire forest behind Highland Secondary.

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Photo: James Everett on Flickr

Comox’s Northeast Woods is a treasure trove of flora, fauna, winding paths and moss-covered trees, and is often referred to as Comox’s very own Stanley Park. With forest, meadow and wetlands, the nearly two dozen hectares is entirely unprotected.

The Town of Comox, along with support from the Comox Valley Conservation Strategy (CVCS), have applied to the Province for a grant from the Crown to designate the area as protected parkland. An adjacent gravel pit would be developed into affordable housing.

Photo: Ron Racine

On Wednesday, February 23rd, all are invited to an information session at 7:30 p.m. at Highland Secondary School. The CVCS will be presenting in-depth information about how the strategy impacts the Northeast Woods and what could be done to protect an area that is so important to the local community. The evening will also include a photo slide show of the area and an inspiring musical performance.

For more information on this event and the CVCS, contact Kerry Dawson, Education and Outreach Coordinator, at (250) 339-1029 or visit the CVCS online.

Until February 17, enter to win two tickets to The 19th Annual Wellness Show and a gift basket for either a cat or a dog.

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One Comment on “CVCS Information Session To Protect Comox’s Northeast Woods

  1. Hi Keira Ann I lived in Comox 55 yrs ago.Read your blog on school trees with interest.The school I attended was on the borderline of the reservation, is this the same one? If this letter can be used as a vote for saving the trees of any school in Comox please feel free to use it.My life long love of trees & forests was honed in this gem of a place where I lived for too short a time. Children need trees to stimulate them. Here as a child I was as free as the wind that soughed in the treetops.Playing in the woods developed my imagination, my appreciation of the flora & fauna & the necessity & beauty of silence. I have many fond memories of Comox. We first lived in a small apartment just above the beach where I dug for clams, not far from the harbour where the fishing boats came in. I used to take a bucket down there regularly for shrimps & sockeye salmon when it came in, fresh to eat or take to the canning factory. We moved later to the garden house in the orchard at Dr. Lunhams where I had two lovely playmates in his sons Doug & John. They were like big brothers who looked after me taking me swimming, fishing from the dugout, cycling all over through the woods with our decker sandwiches, apples & nuts from the orchard. Happy happy days. My name then was Mary Warwick & my mother Ivy taught infants at the local Canadian Airforce school. If Doug & John Lunham are still around & remember me a big Hi, I would love to hear from you.

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