The trails on lands purchased by the Bowen Island Conservancy are about to open.
The Wild Coast Nature Refuge at Cape Roger Curtis is opening with a kickoff on site, on Sunday, May 29 from 1 pm to 3 pm.
Biologists will be on hand at various locations in the refuge to explain the special qualities that make the property a treasure for the community and for the UNESCO Howe Sound Biosphere Region.
To get to this much anticipated day, it took the generosity of financial donors and a team of dedicated volunteers who gave endless hours to figure out everything needed to acquire and conserve the area and open the trails.
They took on operational minutiae, the labour and coordination involved in the new welcome sign, location, design and construction of trails, the creation of a management plan, research and report writing on species like bats, nest sites, invasive species and the impact of various usages, including dog walking.
It’s been a lot of effort, but for this team, it’s so very worthwhile.
Restoring and conserving the wild places while supporting thoughtful immersion in nature is a conservancy focus - and one that the organization takes seriously.
The Wild Coast Nature Refuge is a unique public, pet-free, wild place, set aside exclusively for nature and for people to enjoy the natural environment while maintaining as little impact as possible on plants and wildlife.
Going against a growing extractive mentality where the goal is to find as many ways as possible to exploit nature, the Bowen Island Conservancy is instead, on a mission to nurture nature.
With ecosystems and species in peril all over the island, the establishment of a nature refuge for us and for future generations to enjoy, is a remarkable achievement.
The Conservancy invites you to come and learn about this remarkable, wild and recovering place, Sunday, May 29, from 1 pm to 3 pm, entrance off Huszar Creek Lane.
Look for the new welcome sign and meet some of the volunteers that helped make it all happen.