Quadra Island park acquisition campaign gets a boost

CBC’s Quirks and Quarks host Bob McDonald will help launch a high-profile campaign

CBC’s Quirks and Quarks host Bob McDonald will help launch a high-profile campaign, June 16, to “save the heart of Quadra parks.”

The campaign aims to raise $200,000 to help the provincial government purchase a 395 hectare property that joins the popular Small Inlet and Octopus Islands provincial parks.

“This property  is crucial to the integrity of the two parks,” says Judy Leicester, a member of the Save the Heart of Quadra Parks committee.”The alternative is logging or development both of which will be visible from every vantage point, seriously compromising the existing parks.”

The B.C. government recently signed a conditional $6.15 million purchase agreement for the lands, which it promised to acquire 16 years ago. The Ministry of the Environment is working on strategies to secure the required funds, and Quadra islanders are mounting the $200,000 fundraising compaign to contribute to the effort before the closing date of Sept. 28.

McDonald, one of Canada’s best known science journalists, will speak at a fundraising dinner and silent auction at Quadra’s  Heriot Bay Inn on June 16.

“Quadra businesses and artists have contributed some exciting and beautiful items for the silent auction,” says Leicester.   “A two day fully guided camping kayaking trip to the Octopus Islands Marine Park, a Tofino beach home and Quadra vacation rental cottages, all with spectacular views, are just a few of the items offered.”

The Sierra Club of BC  website (www.sierraclub.bc.ca) has a description of the auction items.  Bids can be placed on line, by mail, or at the fundraising dinner.

The land in question is known on the west coast as a prime marine destination.