Open house for Seal Bay Regional Nature Park and Forest master plan

The Comox Valley Regional District is in the process of updating the Seal Bay Regional Nature Park and Forest management plan and residents are invited to attend an open house to review and provide input.

Updates to the 1998 master plan began in 2015 with user surveys, followed by a public open house in 2016. Since that time, this public input has been compiled and reviewed and an initial management plan has been drafted to reflect user input and park stewardship goals.

Drop in anytime between 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16 at the Huband Elementary School gym to learn about the draft plan and provide input. Parks staff will also be providing a brief presentation of the trail concept plan at 4:30 and again at 6:30.

A survey will also be available at the open house and after that, online, to gather additional public feedback on park management objectives and actions, as well as the trail concept plan.

At 652 hectares (1,610 acres) in size, Seal Bay Regional Nature Park and Forest protects a large second growth Douglas-fir forest as well as areas of mixed forests and wetlands. The park boasts 42 kilometres of recreational trails, with pedestrian-only trails and multi-use trails for horses and bikes.

The management plan is slated for completion by the end of the year and will be available on the CVRD website. For more information, visit www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/sealbay

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