Council Formally Adopts Parks & Trails Master Plan

(March 3, North Cowichan, BC) North Cowichan, a municipality surrounded by parks, trails, and mountains, has formally adopted a Parks and Trails Master Plan that will guide the resourcing, development, management and expansion of its parks and trails over the next 15 years.

North Cowichan is one of the few municipalities in North America to own and manage a large Municipal Forest Reserve. The Parks and Trails Master Plan will help to manage and balance its multiple uses: sustainable forest harvesting, outdoor recreation, First Nations' traditional uses, and conservation.

The Master Plan was developed over the last 16 months and involved consultation and collaboration with residents, community groups, First Nations, local governments and stakeholders from various interest groups. The Plan reflects the desires of the North Cowichan community, identifies strategies and actions to improve our extraordinary quality of life, as well as the health and well-being of our residents and the community as a whole.

"North Cowichan's mountains, rivers, lakes and parks are incredible assets," says Mayor Jon Lefebure. "I think we all enjoy these resources that make North Cowichan such a wonderful place to live, work and play. Having a plan to guide the management of our parks and trails is necessary as we continue to gain recognition as a sought-after destination for outdoor recreation."

The Municipality would like to thank those who contributed to the creation of the Parks and Trails Master Plan, in particular, the residents, community organizations, First Nations, local governments, and stakeholder groups that participated in providing their input through the various engagement opportunities. We also wish to acknowledge the efforts, contributions and leadership of Council, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee and the Forestry Advisory Committee. In addition, our appreciation goes out to Stantec Consulting Ltd. for its professionalism in completing the Master Plan document.