With recent mining accidents affecting BC’s wilderness and nature reserves, and Kinder Morgan proposing to re-set the boundaries of four provincial parks in order to expand its pipeline system BC Parks are increasingly the subject of public interest and scrutiny. Although most British Columbians take pride in and use their parks, few know their history and fewer still know the development of the policies that have guided the establishment of over 1,000 parks and reserves throughout the province. One of the few individuals who can claim to know and understand our parks is James D. Anderson.
As part of its educational mandate Comox Valley Nature will host a one-hour illustrated lecture on BC Park history and policy by James D. Anderson. He is a retired planner and member of the Council of BC Parks Elders. At a time when BC Parks are increasingly the subject of public debate and concern, as a park planner and author of two histories of BC Parks, James Anderson brings a wealth of experience in the development of BC parks and the policies that have guided their development.
James Anderson is the author of British Columbia’s Magnificent Parks: The First 100 Years (Harbour Publishing, 2011) and a more comprehensive and detailed BC Parks 1911 to 2011: A Centennial, Provincial Parks as Reflective of the Times (2010). Anyone wanting to understand the changes that BC Parks are experiencing today will find this lecture of interest.
This lecture will take place at the Florence Filberg Seniors Centre at 7pm September, Sunday 21 2014.
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, Conservation, 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 $4 contribution from non-members is appreciated. New memberships are always welcomed.
Anyone interested in this lecture or participating in CVNS activities can also contact Loys Maingon (CVN President) at 250-331-0143.
The Mack Laing House Conservation Committee Team was formed in early June 2013 in response to the emergency discovery that the Town of Comox was proposing to demolish Baybrook, at the mouth of Brooklyn Creek in Comox.
Baybrook is Hamilton Mack Laing’s first house in Comox. It was built in 1922. He resided in it until 1949. Mack Laing’s scientific collecting activities for the Canadian National Museum, and his most important and prolific writing coincide with that period of his life. During this period, Mack Laing was at his creative height as a nature writer, producing some 22 scientific articles in major ornithological journals, some 1000 articles in major North American journals and magazines and 14 books, 2 of which were published. This helped Mack Laing establish a large network of colleagues and friends who became associated with Baybrook.
The importance of Baybrook to the cultural history of British Columbia and the Comox Valley gives Baybrook its particular value for Canadian heritage. The conservation of Baybrook is a truly unique opportunity to preserve Mack Laing’s legacy, as entrusted in his will with regards to Shakesides, within a contemporary context.
The Committee consists of environmental, engineering, architectural, heritage conservation, logistics and history professionals, as well as residents of Comox. The response was originally spearheaded by Project Watershed (PW) and Comox Valley Nature (CVN), who have a special stake in the natural history of the Comox Valley and the Comox Estuary. It was subsequently expanded to include a broad range of stakeholders and experts.
The final Mack Laing house report is here. (3 MB pdf file)
The 2013 Mack Laing house report is here. (4 MB pdf file)