Current Issues

The Nature Trust of BC and the City of Parksville have partnered to protect the ecologically important property at 130 Shelly Road. The 5.2ha (13 acre) site is a vital habitat for wildlife, a haven for birds and enhances protection for the five types of salmon and 3 kinds of trout which spawn in the river.

The Arrowsmith Naturalists recently donated $5,000 to The Nature Trust of BC for the conservation of land adjacent to the Kwa’a’luxw(Englishman) River estuary. The funds resulted from a successful BC Nature conference the club hosted in Qualicum Beach in May.

For nearly twenty years, members of the Arrowsmith Naturalists have dedicated time and effort to removing invasive plants from the Kwa’a’luxw (Englishman) River estuary land area. Plants such as Scotch broom and Daphne laureola can choke out and inhibit the native species that the insects and birds rely upon.

The Nature Trust of BC and the Snaw-Naw-As Nation are working together on the restoration and management of the estuary lands. Along with partners such as the Arrowsmith Naturalists and the Mid Vancouver Island Habitat Enhancement Society(MIVHES), they are committed to preserving the cultural and ecological values of this rare and precious natural treasure.

Left to right: Dr. Jasper Lament, CEO of The Nature Trust of BC; Bill Cox, Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of The Nature Trust of BC; Dave Hutchings, Stewardship coordinator with Arrowsmith Naturalists.

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Submitted by Sue Wilson, Arrowsmith Naturalists.  Photo attached from The Nature Trust of BC.

Hamilton Marsh

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Join Us for "No Mow May!"

Documentary raises concerns over Englishman River

Mushroom & Nature Festival


October 20th 2024 at the

Qualicum Beach Civic Centre