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Comox Valley Nature hosts conservation planning talk

Comox Valley Nature will host a one-hour illustrated talk on conservation planning for Vancouver Island by Tim Ennis, director of land stewardship at the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

The presentation will be given this Sunday at 7 p.m. in the Florence Filberg seniors' centre in Courtenay.

Ennis is a conservation biologist and photographer from Victoria.

He has worked throughout British Columbia with the Nature Conservancy of Canada for more than 14 years and is best known for his work in ecosystem restoration. He is responsible for the development of an overarching conservation plan for Vancouver Island.

Founded in 1962, the Nature Conservancy of Canada has completed more than 80 projects that protect more than one million acres (400,000 hectares) of British Columbia's most ecologically significant land and water.

Today, the B.C. region continues to work with partners to protect and steward British Columbia's natural heritage. It is therefore a leading organization in the development of policy affecting future development based on scientific principles.

Planning to maintain and protect rich natural heritage of the Comox Valley is currently guided by regional plan Nature without Borders (www.cvconservationstrategy.org), which was developed through a long process of community consultation.

It is therefore important to understand how our local heritage and environmental management plans work within the larger regional framework being developed for the east side of Vancouver Island.

This presentation and ensuing discussion are part of Comox Valley Nature’s monthly environmental lectures.

Comox Valley Nature is a non-profit society affiliated to BC Nature that fulfills its educational mandate by hosting monthly lectures, organizing free weekly guided hikes for members, and undertaking a variety of environmental projects.

Aside from its main activity as a non-profit, Comox Valley Nature also supports specialized groups (birding, botany, Garry oak restoration, wetland restoration, photography and Young Naturalists Club) that have separate monthly activities.

Founded in 1966, it is one of the oldest environmental societies on the North Island. Meetings and lectures of the Comox Valley Naturalists Society are held on the third Sunday of most months at the Florence Filberg Centre in Courtenay.

Meetings and guided walks are open to the public, including children and youth. New memberships are always welcomed.

Anyone interested in this lecture or participating in CVNS activities can also contact us at http://comoxvalleynaturalist.bc.ca or Loys Maingon (CVN president) at 250-331-0143.

— Comox Valley Nature

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