The fundraising to Save the Heart of Quadra Parks has this past week
achieved it’s goal to raise and contribute $200,000 towards the acquisition
of 395 hectares of private land which lies between Quadra’s spectacular
marine parks at the Octopus Islands and Small Inlet.
“Needless to say, we are thrilled”, said spokesperson Susan Westren.
“It’s an amazing achievement for a small community. Almost all of our
donations have been for $1,000 or less and have come from local residents,
and from individuals, hiking clubs, kayak companies and sailors who visit
and love these very special parks.”
Due to a shortfall in the funds being raised by BC Parks, however, the
purchase completion date has been extended into 2013. The partnership
of the province and other parties is still seeking funds to ensure that
this last opportunity to bring the land into the parks is not lost. “For that
reason, though there will be no active fundraising, further donations will be
more than welcome,” said Westren.
This area at the north end of Quadra is of exceptional conservation and
recreational value. The property in question features an historic portage trail,
significant archeological sites, a freshwater spring and part of the trail to pristine
Newton Lake. It is one of the most popular wilderness destinations on B.C’s
coast, part of the Marine Trails Network and has been on the BC Parks Land
Acquisition list for a decade or more.
For further information, see www.quadraparks.ca
or contact swestgicable.com