The Capital Regional District and The Land Conservancy of BC add to Mount Work Regional Park

Aug 20, 2008
Victoria, BC - The CRD Board is pleased to partner with The Land Conservancy to purchase another 65 hectares of land to become part of Mount Work Regional Park.

The property is located in the Highlands between Mount Work Regional Park and the Second Lake Property that was recently acquired by The Land Conservancy, and connects the two creating a North South corridor from Thetis Lake Regional Park through Mount Work. This will add to the continuity of public use parkland, protected green space and wildlife connectivity throughout the Highlands District significantly.

“It’s been a pleasure to work with the The Land Conservancy on this land purchase,” said CRD Chair, Denise Blackwell. “The extension of Mount Work will go a long way toward increasing the region’s ecological and recreational areas, while protecting sensitive habitat.”

The acquisition is consistent with the CRD Regional Parks’ Masterplan to protect endangered Garry Oak meadows, old-growth Douglas fir habitat, wetlands, intertidal zones and salmon-bearing streams, while giving greater access to the residents of the capital region.

“The Land Conservancy is proud to help contribute green space to Mount Work Regional Park. The property contains coastal Douglas fir habitat, and will connect well with the existing parkland and protected areas. It’s always great when organizations can work together to protect BC’s special places,” says The Land Conservancy Executive Director, Bill Turner.

The Land Conservancy of BC is a registered charity and land trust protecting wilderness areas, cultural landmarks, and agricultural lands in B.C. Since 1997, it has protected over 120,000 acres of sensitive and threatened lands around the province, involving more than 300 projects. The Land Conservancy of BC has grown to include over 7,500 members, and is now part of an international network of National Trusts with over 7.5 million members. For more information, visit The Land Conservancy.

Additional Information:
Map of land added to Mount Work Regional Park

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For further information please contact:
Sheila Taylor, Manager, Community Relations
CRD Corporate Communications
Tel: 250.360.3308

Bill Turner, Executive Director, The Land Conservancy of BC
Tel: 250.213.1090

Lloyd Rushton, General Manager Parks and Community Services
Tel: 250.478.3313