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Forest Bathing - sooth your soul

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  • Parksville Qualicum Beach REALTOR®
  • Published: Jan 4th, 2018 at 1:20 pm

(Published in PQB Newspaper January 4th, 2018)

Here in Qualicum Beach, people do have an appreciation for nature & its importance. In 2008, a protective conservation covenant was signed between the Town, the Brown Property Preservation Society (BPPS) & the Land Conservancy of BC (TLC). For newcomers to the area, you may not be aware that these lands were originally proposed for sale as a residential development. This 50 acre forest was previously called the Brown Property & is now the Heritage Forest.

The BPPS was formed in 1996 when it was learned of the Brown family’s plans to sell the land. The Society raised over 2/3 of the money through their tireless community fundraising efforts to save this Forest. The Town generously contributed the remaining funds for purchase in 2004. Collectively, concerned citizens had a vision for those lands & made it a reality.

Remnant pockets of huge 400 year old growth Douglas-fir trees still stand along the banks of Beach Creek. The oldest & largest tree in the Forest is about 800 years old. The balance of the Forest has regrown from logging in the 1910s. Barred owls & Pileated woodpeckers are old growth key indicator wildlife species often seen & heard in the Forest.  Interpretive signage borders the easy-to-walk mulch trails that take in the natural features.

We are most fortunate to have these biologically rich lands preserved in Qualicum Beach. It serves to remind us of what the magnificent Coastal Douglas-fir forests were once like. Very little of this forest type has been preserved in Coastal BC. Yet locally, we have this unique green space for present & future generations to enjoy. This is your Forest & is to be used for the appreciation & enjoyment of nature in perpetuity. Because of you, this Forest still stands! If you haven’t done so lately, go walk the trails.

Tom Whitfield
President - Brown Property Preservation Society

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