A NORTHEAST WOODS deal was signed Saturday in Comox.

New arrangement for Northeast Woods in Comox

The Comox mayor, K'ómoks chief and three cabinet ministers all had good things to say about a Northeast woods deal.

The Comox mayor, K’ómoks chief and three cabinet ministers all had good things to say about a Northeast woods agreement announced Saturday.

A parcel of land from the Province will contribute to the K’ómoks First Nation and Town of Comox’s shared vision for the management of the Northeast Woods.

The Province is transferring 13 hectares of Crown land to be added to the existing Northeast Woods, a popular recreation area minutes from downtown Comox.

“Through our combined efforts, we have reached our goal of ensuring the long-term protection of Northeast Woods,” said Mayor Paul Ives.

“This agreement will preserve the recreational and ecological values of Northeast Woods,” added Chief Rob Everson. “The K’ómoks people believe that a healthy environment helps create a strong community.”

“This agreement is an excellent example of how the Province’s Crown grant program can foster local partnerships that create positive benefits for families and residents,” stated Comox Valley MLA Don McRae.

Forests Minister Steve Thomson and Minister of Aboriginal Relations John Rustad also commented positively.

The land addition is valued at $875,000 and was made possible through a Crown grant sponsored by the Ministry of Environment. The grant ensures the land will continue to be used for recreation and will provide a ‘buffer’ to enhance wildlife protection for the neighbouring Lazo Marsh Wildlife Management Area.

Under a memorandum of understanding, the Town of Comox will transfer the Northeast Woods lands, including the new addition, to the K’ómoks First Nation, and the K’ómoks First Nation will then lease the land back to the Town of Comox for 99 years.

This allows the Town of Comox to operate the area and ensures the Town and the K’ómoks will have continued involvement in decision-making regarding the future use and management of the area.

— Ministry of Forests

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