Two conservation groups in the Comox Valley have gotten major donations from the local fish and game group.

According to a news release from the Comox Valley Land Trust, the Cumberland Community Forest Society, and the Courtenay and District Fish and Game Protective Association (CDFGPA), the association has given $50,000 towards both organizations.

$25,000 is going towards the land trust’s project to securing the Morrison Headwaters Nature Preserve, which is a major area in the Puntledge River system for Pink and Coho salmon.

The trust has until March 31st of this year to raise the funds to purchase 22 hectares of the site, and 90 per cent of the funding goal has been met, due to the contribution from CDFGPA, community donors and other partners.

“We want to extend our deep gratitude to the CDFGPA for this generous donation,” said Tim Ennis, CVLT Executive Director, in the release.

“This gift demonstrates support from the nearly 2000 members of the club.”

The rest of the money is going towards the Cumberland Community Forest Society, for their Perseverance Creek Conservation Project. The society is working towards the purchase and protection of 91.4 hectares (226 acres) of forest along Perseverance Creek, which feeds Comox Lake and the drinking water supply for the Comox Valley.

The purchase would connect two previous purchases in 2005 and 2016 with Cumberland’s Coal Creek Historic Park.

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