The Cottonwood Lake Preservation Society (CLPS) is pleased that the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) is buying some of the land surrounding Cottonwood Lake to add to Cottonwood Lake Park, according to the group’s chair Andrew McBurney.
But the land purchased from Nelson Land Corporation is only 33 per cent of the area slated for logging, he said.
“The RDCK …. has purchased land on the west shore of the lake, the entrance to the park, and alongside the Great Northern Rail Trail. So the larger portion of land (67 per cent) above Cottonwood Lake is still privately owned and very much under threat. There is no zoning for this area and private land logging is still unregulated.”
The full purchase price of $450,000 for the 21.6 hectares immediately around the lake (see map) will be covered partially by a $200,000 grant from the Columbia Basin Trust (CBT).
McBurney said his group will keep fundraising to preserve all the land around the lake as well as the forest above the Apex ski area.
“We’ll take the good news of today’s announcement and keep looking for ways to save the remaining land. This entire corridor is simply too valuable to give up on. From threatened grizzly bears, sensitive wetlands, risks of flooding and the blemish on our reputation as an uncommonly beautiful place – the reasons for continuing are infinite.”
On Thursday the RDCK board voted to enter into the purchase agreement which will close July 31, and further to give non-financial support the preservation society in its attempt to obtain more of the land.