Heart of Quadra Parks reaches fundraising goal

The spectacular inlets of central Quadra Island are the focus of a community parks acquisition effort. - Photo submitted
The spectacular inlets of central Quadra Island are the focus of a community parks acquisition effort.
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The fundraising effort to “Save the Heart of Quadra Parks” has recently achieved it’s goal to raise and  contribute $200,000 towards the acquisition of 395 hectares of private land which lies between Quadra’s spectacular marine parks at the Octopus Islands and Small Inlet.

“Needless to say, we are thrilled,” said spokesperson Susan Westren. “It’s an amazing achievement for a small community.  Almost all of our donations have been for $1,000 or less and have come from local residents, and from individuals, hiking clubs, kayak companies and sailors who visit and love these very special parks.”

Due to a shortfall in the funds being raised by BC Parks, however, the purchase completion date has been extended into 2013.

The partnership of the province and other parties is still seeking funds to ensure that this last opportunity to bring the land into the parks is not lost.  “For that reason, though there will be no active fundraising, further donations will be more than welcome,” said Westren.

This area at the north end of Quadra is of exceptional conservation and recreational value.  The property in question features an historic portage trail,  significant archeological sites, a freshwater spring and part of the trail to pristine Newton Lake.

It is one of the most popular wilderness destinations on B.C’s  coast, part of the Marine Trails Network and has been on the BC Parks Land  Acquisition list for a decade or more.

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