Victoria, BC–– The Capital Regional District (CRD) Board has agreed to purchase, in partnership with the Mayne Island Conservancy Society and American Friends of Canadian Land Trusts, a 26 hectare waterfront property known as St. John Point on Mayne Island for regional park purposes. The CRD will contribute $2 million towards this acquisition through the Regional Parks Land Acquisition Fund. The remainder of the purchase price will be funded through community fundraising coordinated by the Mayne Island Conservancy Society and a donation by the vendor.
“The CRD recognizes the high recreational and conservation values of the property on Mayne Island,” said David Howe, CRD Southern Gulf Islands Electoral Area Director. “This purchase is an example of working together to ensure the natural areas we enjoy today continue to benefit future generations.”
“The Mayne Island Conservancy Society is thrilled to partner with CRD to acquire this wonderful property. The public funding is being matched with generous contributions from Mayne Island residents and visitors,” said Malcolm Inglis, President, Mayne Island Conservancy. “Together we have assured the protection of this magnificent stretch of Coastal Douglas Fir landscape and over 2 km of coastline while also adding to the common wealth of publicly accessible lands for everyone who loves the islands.”
The CRD’s participation makes possible a unique bi-national collaboration involving Canadian and American landowners, and charities from both countries. “St. John Point will be a model for other Canadian government agencies and conservation organizations seeking a way to acquire properties owned by Americans. The landowners’ commitment to maintaining the natural character of St. John Point and willingness to donate a substantial percentage of the appraised value made this effort possible,” said Sandra Tassel from American Friends of Canadian Land Trusts.
This purchase brings the total amount of land acquired for regional park purposes to 4608 hectares since the land acquisition fund was established in 2000.
The property will offer residents and visitors opportunities for low-impact, oceanfront recreation including shoreline bluffs and a small pocket beach, along with an existing trail network through mature forest stands. The property will also provide protection for several sensitive ecosystems and plant communities.
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The CRD delivers regional, sub-regional and local services to 13 municipalities and three electoral areas on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Governed by a 24-member Board of Directors, the CRD works collaboratively with First Nations and all levels of government to enable sustainable growth, foster community well-being, and develop cost-effective infrastructure while continuing to provide core services to residents throughout the region. Visit us online at www.crd.bc.ca.
Formed in 2003, the Mayne Island Conservancy Society’s mission is to foster harmony between nature and community on Mayne Island BC. Staff and volunteers further this mission through offering general education and hands-on experiences for Mayne Island residents and visitors related to preserving the ecological integrity of the island for future generations. Learn more at sjp.conservancyonmayne.com/
American Friends of Canadian Land Trusts is a U.S. nonprofit created to support protection of Canada’s natural heritage. Its bi-national tax status makes it possible to protect priority lands owned by U.S. taxpayers. Since completing its first transaction in 2011, American Friends and its Canadian partners have conserved 1,200 ha. in 22 transactions located in five provinces. For more information go to www.afoclt.org
For media inquiries, please contact:
Zoe Gray, Capital Regional District
Michael Dunn, Executive Director
Mayne Island Conservancy
Sandy Tassel, Program Coordinator
American Friends of Canadian Land Trusts