Historic Earth Day 2020
We at Project Watershed wanted to hold an event at Kus-kus-sum this week to celebrate Earth Day, but obviously that is not possible with the current pandemic situation. We do feel that the story of the Kus-kus-sum project provides an uplifting alternative to the doom and gloom.
Recently Tim Ennis, Kus-kus-sum Senior Project Manager stated that “the importance of natural areas which are accessible to broad sectors of society and embedded within local communities has taken on a pronounced importance not previously recognized. Particularly in relation to mental health in this time of social distancing with Covid-19”.
Tim Ennis went on to say, “Many of the natural areas within the Comox Valley are not National Parks, Provincial Parks or the like. They are beaches, small creek-side areas, swamps and wetlands that were protected by local non-profits working in partnership with local governments. They are the places where frogs sing, skunk cabbage blooms, and people find solace in these stressful times. Our Kus-kus-sum project fits that description to a T while also supporting biodiversity at the regional, national and continental-scales so it is a great time to be thinking about it!”
Project Watershed has been pleased with the donations towards the final land payment following the recent CBC Radio coverage, however, we still need about $650,000 by the end of June. Fortunately, our Estuary Angel has stepped forward and will be matching donations up to $30,000. So for this Earth Day instead of coming to an event we are hoping you celebrate Earth Day at home, perhaps using the suggestions below, and make a donation large or small to Kus-kus-sum. We still have a few wooden salmon left if you want to sponsor one to go up on the Kus-kus-sum fence!
Here are some Earth Day links you can use to connect to nature, today and every day:
Christmas is coming and this year visits with relatives, friends and family are being discouraged. In these social distancing times sending a beautiful card will show you care and support our local environment.
On October 23 and 24th, 2020, volunteers helped reclaim 150 meters of streamside along Mallard Creek.
A three tiered fundraiser that includes a 50/50 raffle, online auction, and reverse telethon to raise funds to protect and restore Kus-kus-sum.
On Saturday, September 26, forty volunteers pitched in to collect garbage at Kus-kus-sum and Hollyhock Flats as part of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. The photos and short video captured from the day illustrate just how industrious it was.
Project Watershed has raised over $2.9 million for Kus-kus-sum and they are closer than ever to acquiring and restoring the site to natural habitat for fish & wildlife, climate change mitigation, reconciliation and community health.
Project Watershed needs volunteers to help us harvest willow cuttings, and then plant them alongside sections of Mallard Creek.
Deanne McRae and Mackenzie Gartside have started something new in downtown Courtenay – The Uplifters Shop. Unlike a normal for profit retail store, most of the items they sell have some kind of charity kickback. In this way the store “lifts up” a variety of charities both local and abroad. One project they are supporting is Project Watershed’s Kus-kus-sum initiative.
Christopher Smith of Glaskrafter Art Glass is generously donating the proceeds from a selection of his beautiful kiln cast glass salmon sculptures to the Kus-kus-sum project. In fact, he has already donated $1,600 to Kus-kus-sum for a sculpture bought in August.