Recent legislative changes to the ALR, the Forest Act and the BC Parks Act constitute a radical change in the conservation framework of British Columbia. The boundaries of green spaces, and public access to them, are being opened to short-term private industrial interests with broad management rights. Management of these areas and the public’s stake in them, and access to them, are being redefined, without public consultation.
Comox Valley Nature has for over 48 years carried out a broad variety of long-term citizen science and restoration projects monitoring bird and plant population trends throughout the valley. These data and the trends they represent have helped a number of agencies and non-governmental organizations provide a picture of the environmental health of the Comox Valley. This work has also contributed to the preservation of green spaces and “protected areas” which are critical to the high quality of life enjoyed by residents, and which form the economic basis of the Comox Valley’s tourism and agricultural economies.
This important work has only been made possible by unfettered access to public Crown lands and by co-operative agreements with landowners and various ministries. It is therefore extremely important that the public understand what these legislative changes will mean for the long-term conservation and maintenance of the high quality economic and ecological environment, which we currently enjoy.
Comox Valley Nature will be hosting an open public forum with representatives from various key local environmental associations to discuss conservation implications and possible ways to react or adapt to the legislation.
This public workshop will be held this Easter Sunday April 20 at 7pm at the Florence Filberg Seniors Centre, 411 Anderton, Courtenay.
Comox Valley Nature is a non-profit society affiliated to BC Nature consisting only of unpaid volunteers. CVN fulfills its educational mandate by hosting monthly lectures, organizing free weekly guided hikes for members, and a free monthly walk open to the public. The society also undertakes a variety of environmental projects. Aside from its main activity as a non-profit, Comox Valley Nature also supports specialized groups ( Birding, Botany, Garry Oak Restoration, Wetland Restoration, Photography and Young Naturalists Club) all of which have separate monthly activities. Membership in BC Nature and Comox Valley Nature is $30 per adult and $40 for a family.
Founded in 1966, it is one of the oldest environmental societies on the North Island. Meetings and lectures of the Comox Valley Naturalists Society are held on the third Sunday of most months at the Florence Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton, Courtenay. Meetings and guided walks are open to the public, including children and youth. Lecture is free, though a donation from non-members is always appreciated. New memberships are always welcomed. Anyone interested in this lecture or participating in CVNS activities can also contact us at the website or Loys Maingon (CVN President) at 250-331-0143.
A member of the White Rock & Surrey Naturalists recently emailed CV Nature an interesting request.
“I just visited your website and read about one of my favorite spots, Tree Island. What a great write-up, it was a pleasure to read it. I used to live in Comox and now live in Surrey and am part of the White Rock and Surrey Naturalists. Comox is an ideal place to live, I miss living there so much.
I am writing to ask if anyone has ever seen Palliser Rock. It is a huge boulder that juts out of the water near Tree Island. It used to fascinate us kids when my dad would pass by it in our boat. It’s possible that it is only visible when the tide is lower. Dad would let us out on to Palliser Rock and it was something we will never forget. We also used to find arrow heads in Henry Bay every time we visited. Oh, the memories. Anyway, if one of your members knows if Palliser Rock is still there and possibly has a photo, I would really like to know. Thank you.”
“Apparently it is part of the rocky shoal on the east side of Denman/Seal and a boater would have to be very careful going in there. (No doubt not supposed to go in there at all.) I would like to know if Palliser is ever under water, or does it always stick up a little, even at high tide.
Please see two pictures attached that were taken of Palliser about 50 (!) years ago. The one with my brother and me was taken facing Comox and Point Holmes, I think. And the other one, with Dad’s boat nosing up to the rock on left, faces the channel between Hornby and Denman. My older brother David said it may show on Canadian Hydrographic Service chart, so I may try to get the chart.
Thank you again. You are so very lucky to have easy access to these islands. They are truly beautiful.”
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