Cumberland Forest Society Receives 2020 Keeping it Living Award
Cumberland Community Forest Society accepting award from Project Watershed
Perseverance Creek Forest
The CCFS was chosen to recognize the outstanding fundraising work they have done to protect the land surrounding Comox Lake, which forms part of the upper watershed of K’ómoks Estuary. The health of the estuary depends on the health of the upper watersheds it is connected to and visa versa. The society has also taken on the work of the Perseverance Streamkeepers to protect and enhance that watershed. Even though the CCFS has been busy with their own land acquisition fundraising, they found capacity to support of our Kus-kus-sum fundraising campaign. This highlights the wonderful synergy of local stewardship groups working together to achieve mutually beneficial conservation goals.
The Cumberland Community Forest Society is a grassroots community based charitable non-profit dedicated to protecting forests, creeks, wetlands and watershed lands surrounding the Village of Cumberland on Vancouver Island, BC. This forest is an integral part of both the Trent and Puntledge Watersheds, feeds Comox Lake, and forms a critical link in an extensive biodiversity corridor that connects mountains and lakes to the Salish Sea. This forest is privately owned by timber companies.
To date the society has purchased 500 acres of forest and placed it under a conservation covenant to ensure its future protection as a Village park. Their most recent purchase was September 1st 2020 when 225 acres known as Project Perseverance was purchased outright by the community. Currently they are working to protect Lower Perseverance Creek from harvesting. Their next fundraising deadline for this initiative is June 30th. Perseverance Creek is a biodiversity corridor that links upland forests to Comox Lake, the Comox Valley’s drinking water source, and offers refuge and safe passage for species big and small. Coho make their way up from the K’ómoks Estuary to spawn in the lower reaches of the creek. To find out more about the Cumberland Community Forest Society and the Lower Perseverance Creek purchase visit www.cumberlandforest.com.
Sam is currently working towards an Associates' Degree in Environmental Studies. She was born and raised on the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleilwaututh First Nations. She's residing in the K'òmoks First Nation territory while working this summer...
Jamie Lund is a Restoration Technician with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Victoria. She was born and raised on the traditional territory of the Wei Wai Kai and Wei Wai Kum first nations. With a passion for wildlife preservation, Jamie is...
Unpaving paradise at Kus-kus-sum is underway! Over the summer the concrete and asphalt on the site are being removed. As there is a lot of rebar, and other metal embedded in the concrete, it is being removed and recycled as well. We are holding a contest to see who can guess the amount of metal that will come off the site.
Here in the Comox Valley, our local beaches have a story to tell about a small fish that is so much more. Maybe you’ve seen Project Watershed out on local beaches, with measuring tapes and high visibility vests, trying to learn more about this small fish with a big impact!
Project Watershed held a community forum via Zoom to explain the restoration process that we are embarking on at Kus-kus-sum beginning June 21st, 2021. This is recording of that Zoom meeting.
Summer is almost here and Project Watershed is gearing up for another round of surf smelt sampling on beaches around the Comox Valley.