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Geocache Coordinates

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Eight Puntledge Geocaches

WGS 84 Decimal Degrees
Latitude Longitude
Eggs Are Us 49.685552143 -125.034923048
Blasted 49.680955320 -125.055271818
Side Line 49.681012054 -125.057780046
Matador 49.639785826 -125.096511704
Cooling 49.643844557 -125.097867701
Funnel 49.664346502 -125.095057571
Source 49.663330920 -125.103739831
Generations 49.688274970 -125.050752161

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Geocache Instructions

The basic idea of geocaching is to use coordinates, obtained from Project Watershed’s website, to locate the hidden containers (geocaches).  Stashed in the containers are small items and in the case of Project Watershed’s geocaches, information on Project Watershed’s Puntledge River Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP) funded restoration, assessment and protection projects.   Additionally Project Watershed’s eight geocaches are labelled with a letter.   Interested in playing?  Here’s how:

1. Click here to access detailed information and coordinates.

2.  Enter the coordinates of the geocache into your GPS Device.

3.  Use your GPS device to assist you in finding the hidden geocache.

4.  Write down the letter from each geocache, read the geocache information and return the geocache to its original location.

5.  Arrange the letters to spell a word.  E-mail this word to Project Watershed.

6.  Get the word correct and we will contact you with details on how to pick up your free map.

7.  If you take something from the geocache, please leave something of equal or greater value.

8. Tell us about your adventure.  Find Project Watershed on facebook and share your geocaching stories and photos.

Rule #1.  Be Safe.  The PW Geocache will not be hidden in a place that will require you to place yourself in a risky situation or area.   There are eight separate geocaches.  The terrain and difficulty rating of these geocaches would be easy.

Before You Go

If you’re headed out on the trail, pack any needed supplies such as water, food and extra clothing. Bring both a map and a compass.  PW geocache terrain is suitable for older children.

For safety, let someone know where you are going.

Do not forget your GPS and extra batteries.

Need a GPS? Consider renting one from The Mapping Centre www.maps.projectwatershed.bc.ca

Get Out and Play

Mark your car as a waypoint to ensure your safe return.

Be mindful of the environment, practice Cache In Trash Out.

Bring friends and family with you; sharing the experience can be very rewarding.

Remember that distances can be deceiving. A geocache can take longer to find depending on trails, rivers and other obstacles.

Funding for the Puntledge River Geocaching was provided by the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program.  (FWCP).  FWCP, apartnership between BC Hydro, the Province of BC, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada, was established to address the historical effects of hydroelectric development on fish and wildlife.

PROJECT WATERSHED KEYNOTES SIERRA CLUB COMOX VALLEY’S ANNUAL MEETING

 

Mike Bell, Co-chair of Sierra Club Comox Valley, announced today that Project Watershed will make the keynote presentation at its Annual Members and Friends Meeting.  Project Watershed will describe the various projects they are involved in on the estuary.

The meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 22 from 7-9 p.m. at the Women’s Resource Centre #1-1491 McPhee Ave, Courtenay.

“We are delighted that Project Watershed has agreed to be with us,” said Bell. “Over the past two and a half years they have pulled together a talented group of technical experts to work on preserving and restoring the Courtenay River Estuary.  It is amazing that, in such a short period of time, they have been able to accomplish so much, establish credibility and develop such strong roots in our community. They are leaders in estuary restoration in this province and undoubtedly in Canada as a whole.”

At the same meeting Sierra Club CV will review the past year of activism and outline plans for the future.  Much of the future work will center around the concept of the Courtenay River Estuary as an Eco-neighbourhood.

Bell noted that over the past few years Sierra Club CV has learned a lot from its work. “It is not enough just to be against something,” Bell said.  “We also have to be for something. That is why we will introduce and seek input from the group on the Courtenay River Estuary as an Eco-Neighbourhood.  We think it is an exciting concept that will help in the community’s efforts to preserve and restore the estuary.”

If you are interested in this wonderful estuary that is such a gift to our community you will want to be with us next Tuesday evening at the Women’s Resource Center in Courtenay. Everyone is welcome.

Mike Bell

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Mike Bell,Co-Chairperson, Sierra Club Comox Valley

1377 Ridgemount Dr, Comox B.C. V9M 1A5

www.sierraclubcomoxvalley.ca – 250-890-3671

Courtenay Classic Printers donates cw$

Project Watershed would like to extend a big thanks to Courtenay Classic Printers for their donation of community way dollars (cw$).

These dollars will help us promote stewardship of Comox Valley Watersheds.  Currently we are focusing much of our work on the Courtenay River Estuary. The Courtenay River Estuary is the heart of our watershed, not to mention a unique and special feature of the Comox Valley.

Project Watershed is a registered charity and funding for our activities depends on governments, foundations, memberships and local businesses. Community way gives charities like Project Watershed a new avenue for fund generation that everyone in the community can be a part of.

If you own a business please consider joining community way and donate to Project Watershed. It is an excellent way to promote your business. Since Project Watershed is a registered charity we will also issue a charitable tax receipt.

The community way dollars you donate to Project Watershed will go towards protection and restoration of the beautiful and highly cherished natural environment of the Comox Valley. To find out more about joining community way visit www.communityway.ca

Another way to support your community is to buy cw$.  Buying cw$ from Project Watershed is similar to donating but better as you get to use your money twice; first by supporting Project Watershed and again by purchasing from local businesses. Visit our offices at 2356a Rosewall Cres in Tin Town or call (250) 703-2871.

The Mapping Centre on Shaw Community TV

Shaw Community TV speaks to members of Project Watershed, specifically business manager Caila Holbrook, about their social enterprise – The Mapping Centre.

The Mapping Centre aims to provide relevant, usable GIS and GPS information to developers, planners and environmental organisations to facilitate better decision-making.
Learn more about The Mapping Centre @ http://maps.projectwatershed.bc.ca
Many thanks to Shaw Community TV for sharing this clip.

CVRD Initiative on a Courtenay River Estuary Management Plan

Kent Leontowich of the Comox Valley Regional District’s Planning Department is coordinating a steering committee that includes members of Project Watershed’s Estuary Working Group.  In 2000, a Courtenay River Management Plan (CREMP) was released but  never adopted by any of the local governments.  In 2009, when the Regional Directors of the Comox Valley Regional District put a moratorium on development along the Dyke Road and other parts of the Estuary in the Regional District, they also directed CVRD staff to update the 2000 CREMP to reflect the situation as we enter the second decade of the 21st century. Times have changed and local governments are cooperating.  The Courtenay River Estuary plays an important role in the Regional Growth Strategy soon to be adopted for the Comox Valley and Management Plan updating is underway.

The Courtenay River Estuary Management Plan Steering Committee was put together including representatives from the relevant provincial and federal ministries, BC Nature Trust, Ducks Unlimited, Courtenay Fish and Game Association and Project Watershed.  Planning Manager Tom Knight often joins the group at its sessions as the team reworks the original sections of the 2000 document and adds important new sections like Archeology and Climate Change.  The group has been meeting every 5 or 6 weeks for over the past year and the draft document is anticipated to be completed by March of 2011. It then will go to the governments of Comox, Courtenay, Cumberland, the CVRD and K’omoks First Nation and the public for consideration and final approval.

You can see the original CREMP here on the Regional District’s website.  Watch Project Watershed’s News Bulletin or the CREMP page on our Keeping It Living website for updates as this important local government-community initiative moves forward.

Project Watershed thanks community way businesses

Project Watershed would like to extend a big thanks to Fluid Bar & Grill, Mike Toulmin Construction, and Good Karma Delivery for their donation of community way dollars (cw$).

These dollars will help us promote stewardship of Comox Valley Watersheds through education, information and action. Currently we are focusing much of our work on the Courtenay River Estuary. The Courtenay River Estuary is the heart of our watershed, not to mention a unique and special feature of the Comox Valley. We are concerned about its health, and through our Estuary Working Group are striving for increased protection and restoration. The Estuary Committee has estimated it to cost over $100,000/year to protect and restore the estuary – we need every dollar we can get. To learn more about Project Watershed’s programs and initiatives visit www.projectwatershed.ca.  You can also find us on facebook.

Project Watershed is a registered charity and funding for our activities depends on governments, foundations, memberships and local businesses. Community way gives charities like Project Watershed a new avenue for fund generation that everyone in the community can be a part of.

If you own a business please consider joining community way and donate to Project Watershed. It is an excellent way to promote your business. Since Project Watershed is a registered charity we will also issue a charitable tax receipt.

The community way dollars you donate to Project Watershed will go towards protection and restoration of the beautiful and highly cherished natural environment of the Comox Valley. To find out more about joining community way visit www.communityway.ca

Another way to support your community is to buy cw$.  Buying cw$ from Project Watershed is similar to donating but better as you get to use your money twice; first by supporting Project Watershed and again by purchasing from local businesses. Visit our offices at 2356a Rosewall Cres in Tin Town or call (250) 703-2871.

Comox Valley Conservation Calendar

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

Fundraising through Community Way Dollars

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Many thanks to the following Comox Valley-based businesses for their generous donations of cw$:

You can find out more about the Comox Valley’s community currency by visiting the official website at: www.communityway.ca

View a list of participating businesses and active beneficiaries.

Educational Activities & Opportunities

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Educational Events

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Find out more about Project Watershed’s volunteer and membership opportunities.