The Cape Lazo Kelp Caper

– Earth Day Edition Comox Record, Feature by Paul Horgen, Project Watershed Board Chair, Professor Emeritus University of Toronto

One of the key components of the “Salmon Highway” from the ocean to the rivers and streams where the fish lay their eggs are marine forests of kelp. This kelp along with the seagrass (eelgrass) that are found in the estuary, along with channelized marshy shorelines, provide refuge for the salmon as they migrate in their yearly cycles. In discussions with the elder residents of the Comox Valley, they describe extensive kelp forests off Cape Lazo in front of the Willemar Bluffs prior to the mid 1960’s. These kelp forests were present when the K’ómoks estuary was one of the prime sports fishing areas on Vancouver Island. This distinction slowly faded with time and the development of industry along the estuary shores, dredging of the estuary, booming of logs in the estuary and the installation of force main sewer pipes in the estuary. Read more

Comox Valley Conservation Calendar

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You can also view this calendar on the Comox Valley Conservation Strategy website.

Grand Opening a Huge Success!

There was an excellent turnout to the  Conservation Centre’s Grand Opening event Saturday the 6th.  The event was a collaboration between The Comox Valley Land Trust, Tsolum River Restoration Society, The Comox Valley Conservation Strategy and Project Watershed. Representatives from each of these organizations were on hand to talk about their initiatives and to promote conservation in the Comox Valley.

Visitors had the opportunity to exchange community way dollars, sign a postcard in support of the Comox Valley Conservation Strategy and take a chance on the salmon roulette wheel. Project Watershed was featuring their social enterprise,The Mapping Centre, with interactive mapping stations where you could see the Valley in 3D and have a map printed of your local watershed. There were also lots of activities in the kids zone and door prizes. The groups had a conservation gift shop set up selling art cards, t-shirts, Keeping It Living posters, the conservation calendar, and a beautiful pair of canvas photographs of swans taken by a local photographer Father Charles Brandt. Proceeds from the sale of items in the gift shop go towards protecting and restoring natural areas in the Comox Valley.

The lucky winners of our door prizes were Peter Chandle who won a conservation calendar and Carolyn Walton who won a Watersheds of the Comox Valley map.

The upcoming commuter bike map that The Mapping Centre is producing together with the Broken Spoke was on display as well.  The map will be available soon. If you are interested in sponsoring this map, please contact Mike Collins at the Broken Spoke – – 250-871-2229.

“Overall the day was a huge success with over 100 visitors taking part in our activities. We exchanged $130 of community way and sold many calendars, t-shirts and maps. We thank all of our volunteers from the four organizations who helped make such a great day possible.” says Project Watershed’s Volunteer Coordinator Valeri Diamond. Valeri Diamond’s position is funded in whole or in part through the Canada-British Columbia Labour Market Development Agreement.

2011 Comox Valley Conservation Calendar coming out in October!!

The first-ever Comox Valley Conservation Calendar is being published this year by the Comox Valley Conservation Strategy!!

The calendar will be out in a few weeks, and features beautiful photos of local natural areas taken by local photographers. The calendar also gives information about local environmental groups and their activities to protect and restore natural areas and sensitive habitats in the Comox Valley. Funds from this calendar will be used to support the member groups of the CVCS: including the Comox Valley Land TrustTsolumn River Restoration SocietyProject WatershedBrooklyn Creek Watershed SocietyMillard-Piercy Watershed StewardsComox Valley Waterwatch CoalitionMorrison Creek Streamkeepers, Oyster River Watershed Management Committee and more!

The calendar is a fabulous educational tool as well as a fundraiser – it offers pertinent conservation information about wetlands, riparian areas, invasive species and information on the local conservation groups working in the Valley, along with their websites and contact information.

If you know of local stores that would be willing to take and sell the calendars or allow us to set up a table and sell calendars before Christmas time – please let us know!!!!

To order calendars, people can contact either Caila at Project Watershed at 703-2871, or Kerry at the Conservation Strategy at 339-1029.  Pricing is still to be determined but will likely be:

  • $15 for 1
  • $25 for 2
  • $33 for 3
  • $40 for 4

I’ve attached a PDF Poster – please pass it around to everyone to help us publicize – or even print one off and put it up at your workplace or office!!!

Thanks so much!!!


Nature Without Borders
Kerry Dawson
Education and Outreach Coordinator
Comox Valley Conservation Strategy
(250) 339-1029

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Calendar Poster from Comox Valley Conservation Strategy