Working with the K’ómoks Nation towards Q’waq’wala7owkw on their unceded territory.

Working with the K’ómoks Nation towards Q’waq’wala7owkw on their unceded territory.

Presenting the 2023 Keeping it Living Award

Janet Gemmel and Kate Brown accepting the award from Caitlin Pierzchalski ~ L.Stewart

We are delighted to share that our annual “Keeping It Living” award has found well-deserved recipients for 2023. Each year, this esteemed award recognizes exceptional individuals or organizations that have displayed exemplary dedication to the protection and restoration of the K’ómoks Estuary and its surrounding environment.

Jim Palmer and Pieter Rutgers were selected as dual recipients of this year’s award for their outstanding contributions to the Morrison Creek Headwaters acquisition project. Their relentless efforts and visionary leadership have significantly contributed to the Comox Valley Land Trust’s broader vision to preserve the entire headwaters. This accomplishment marks a pivotal step in safeguarding the Morrison Creek headwaters, one of the last untouched wilderness areas in the Valley.

The preservation of the Morrison Creek headwaters holds immense value in the long-term health and vitality of the K’ómoks Estuary. As one of the river systems feeding into the Puntledge River and ultimately into the Estuary, the protection of this pristine wilderness area is crucial to maintaining the ecological balance and integrity of our estuarine ecosystem.

In recognition of their remarkable achievements, the Keeping it Living award was posthumously presented to Kate Brown and Janet Gemmel, Jim and Pieter’s wives, at the 2023 Keeping It Living dinner, at 40 Knots Winery on September 9th. 

Project Watershed is deeply grateful for the unwavering support of our community and dedicated individuals like Jim Palmer and Pieter Rutgers, who have played an integral role in protecting and restoring this beautiful Valley.

Morrison Creek Headwaters Map from Comox Valley Land Trust

Layne and Brenda of 40 KNOTS with Caitlin Pierzchalski ~ L.Stewart