Happy New Year from the Metchosin Foundation!
Happy 2018 to all citizens of Metchosin! We begin the year by celebrating a new conservation covenant protecting nearly six acres of ecologically sensitive Douglas-fir forest near the border of Sooke Hills Wilderness Regional Park, and dubbed the Calypso Woods, that has now been finalized. This accomplishment is thanks to the generosity of Nitya and Scott Harris and the Metchosin Foundation’s collaboration with Habitat Acquisition Trust (HAT) and Cowichan Land Trust. The covenanted area is part of the headwaters of Bilston Creek which flows through Metchosin and over Sitting Lady Falls into Witty’s Lagoon, and serves as a safe corridor for large carnivores, elk and other wildlife moving through the area. We encourage any landowners considering placing a conservation covenant on their property to get in touch with us to see how we can help.
We would also like to acknowledge some very generous donations received early in the New Year, we greatly appreciate your generosity and will be putting the funds to good use.
In 2018 the Foundation will be continuing to support the work of HAT in Metchosin. Over the past year that organization has been working with landowners along the Metchosin ocean shoreline and streams to sustain the environmental values on their property (the Good Neighbours Program), conducted three environmental restoration projects in the community, and worked on environmental education projects with students at Hans Helgesen School. In 2018, HAT will focus the Good Neighbours Program in Metchosin on a large corridor connecting Wildwood Creek with Matheson Lake and the ocean shoreline.
Thanks to two donors, the Metchosin Foundation will be able to offer scholarships again this year to youth living in Metchosin and Beecher Bay who intend to proceed to higher education opportunities. Please check the next edition of the Muse for specifics on these scholarships.
And of course, we will be continuing to work with educators in both Hans Helgesen and Westmont schools to make sure their students have the tools they need to learn about and appreciate our local environment.
The Metchosin Foundation is a registered charity. Charitable BN/Registration #81576 1556 RR0001. Your kind donations are tax deductible. Thank you for your support.Charity BN/Registration # 81576 1556 RR0001