Victoria, BC- The CRD Board is pleased to announce the donation of 60 hectares of land adjacent to Mount Work Park from The Land Conservancy of BC (TLC), which will be added to Mount Work Regional Park as an extension.
The land, valued at $2.2 million, is comprised of Section 68 of the Highlands District and contains older Douglas fir forest, large red cedar trees, open bluffs with arbutus, woodlands and skunk cabbage wetlands. TLC’s gift is an outstanding example of its continued partnership with the CRD; past partnership projects have included the Sooke Potholes Regional Park and the Sooke Hills Wilderness acquisitions.
“Our partnership with the CRD is what TLC is all about. We work with different levels of government to save special places, and we value our current relationship with the District. We are happy to contribute this ecologically-sensitive parcel of land to CRD and the residents of Greater Victoria,” says TLC Executive Director, Bill Turner.
“We are thrilled to accept The Land Conservancy’s generous donation,” said CRD Board Chair, Denise Blackwell. “The addition of this parcel will ensure a more viable ecosystem throughout Mount Work Regional Park. It will also greatly aid in the development of a trail around Mount Work, which will provide outstanding hiking opportunities.”
The acquisition will further CRD Regional Parks’ Masterplan vision for the proposed regional park and trail system in the CRD. Regional Parks will be working to enhance and create a system of trails throughout the land, which will connect with Mount Work Regional Park from Munn Road.
TLC is a registered charity and land trust protecting wilderness areas, cultural landmarks and agricultural lands in BC. Since 1997, TLC has protected almost 120,000 acres of sensitive and threatened lands, involving more than 300 projects. TLC has grown to include over 7,000 members, and is now part of an international network of National Trusts with over 7 million members. For more information, visit The Land Conservancy.
Map of Land Donation
For further information please visit the CRD Website or contact:
Sheila Taylor, Manager, Community Relations
CRD Corporate Communications
Lloyd Rushton, General Manager, CRD Parks and Community Services
Bill Turner, Executive Director, TLC