The Capital Regional District (CRD) Board is pleased to announce the acquisition of 15 hectares (37 acres) of parkland for Sooke Hills Wilderness Regional Park. The land parcel was purchased for $445,000.
“This land increases the size of the park to 4,113 hectares (10,163 acres), which is the largest park in the CRD regional park system,” said CRD Board Chair Steve Price. “Adding land to the east boundary of Sooke Hills Wilderness Regional Park helps complete the park’s boundaries as set out in the Land Acquisition Strategy.”
This parkland addition will protect the environment and conserve the wilderness character of the Sooke Hills. The property will create a buffer between the core of the park and Highway 14. These lands also contribute to the protection of important ecosystem services, and support terrestrial carbon sequestration.
The purchase is funded through the Regional Parks Land Acquisition Fund. The funds are generated through a levy set at a rate of $20 per average residential household. The fund is projected to generate approximately $3.7 million each year to 2019.
Sooke Hills Wilderness Regional Park is a large wilderness area within the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area, Metchosin and Langford. The area is also within both the T’Sou-ke and Sc'ianew (Beecher Bay) First Nation’s Traditional Territory. The park provides a buffer to the Greater Victoria Water Supply Area and includes the Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail, which forms part of The Great Trail route (formerly the Trans Canada Trail), a network of multi-use trails that stretches across Canada.
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.
Attachment: Land Acquisition for Sooke Hills Wilderness Regional Park Map (PDF)
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Laurie Sthamann, Communications Coordinator
CRD Regional Parks