Morrison Creek Streamkeepers and Comox Valley Land Trust Recognized for Efforts to Protect Morrison Creek Headwaters
Sign of the times, garbed in face masks and gathered around the Keeping it Living Award are (from left to right) Don Castleden – Project Watershed Board member, Kathryn Clouston – Morrison Creek Streamkeepers, Piet Rutgers – Comox Valley Land Trust and Jennifer Sutherst – Project Watershed Estuary Coordinator.
Photo by: Isadora Datt
In the past year, the Morrison Creek Streamkeepers and Comox Valley Land Trust worked together to fundraise and acquire a private land parcel in the Morrison Creek Headwaters. The purchase of the property was a first step toward protecting the entire Morrison Creek Headwaters Area. The Morrison Creek Headwaters is a wilderness oasis that provides habitat for a remarkable diversity of wildlife including wide-ranging carnivores, robust salmon runs and the endangered Morrison Creek Lamprey – a population found only in the Morrison Creek and no other place on earth.
The preservation of the Morrison Creek headwaters, one of the last undeveloped areas of wilderness in the Valley, will contribute greatly to the long-term health of the K’ómoks Estuary, as it is one of the major river systems that drains into the Puntledge River and then into the Estuary
“Morrison Creek Streamkeepers are honoured to be the co-recipients of the 2019 Keeping It Living Award,” said
Morrison Creek Streamkeepers are honoured to be the co-recipients of the 2019 Keeping It Living Award. We are very fortunate to have worked with the Comox Valley Land Trust to secure the Morrison creek Headwaters Nature Preserve. Together with Comox Valley Regional District and other funders, both large and small, a vital section of Morrison Creek, and the land surrounding it will continue to provide a natural bounty.” Piet Rutgers, President of the Comox Valley Land Trust further noted that “the effort to protect and restore the remaining parts of our natural heritage has been led by numerous individuals and environmentally-minded community groups. The partnership of the Comox Valley Land Trust and Morrison Streamkeepers Society in securing Phase 1 of the Morrison Headwaters Nature Preserve is a great example of the cooperative spirit that permeates the environmental community.
Jan Gemmell, President of the Morrison Creek Streamkeepers.
Since 2010, the Keeping it Living Award has been given to an individual or organization that has provided a significant direct or indirect tangible contribution to the restoration and protection of the Estuary.
Here is a summary of our AGM on June 12th including the 50/50 Raffle winner, Volunteer Appreciation Draw, and Zoom recording.
Thank you to all our members, board, staff, and community supporters for making 2021-2022 Project Watershed’s biggest year yet! We managed and coordinated 5 different restoration projects, our Keeping It Living Dinner, brought in $1.8 million dollars in grants, and started restoration on our largest project to date, Kus-kus-sum.
We are starting Year II restoration works at the Kus-kus-sum site the last week of June! To learn more about this process, please join us for our virtual public community forum on June 16th at 6:30pm.
Help Project Watershed fund our restoration, research, and education projects in the Comox Valley! Tickets go on sale June 1st. 1000 tickets available at $5 each.
The 2022 Paintings, By The Numbers event, sponsored by Odlum Brown Limited, was a fun afternoon with lovely people and great art.
The AGM will run from 7 pm to 8:30 pm. Participants are asked to preregister.