The Capital Regional District (CRD) has acquired two parcels of adjacent land as part of an addition to Mount Work Regional Park.
The parcels, which consist mainly of second-growth Douglas fir forest, total 13.8 hectares. Combine that with the previous acquisition by the CRD of 12.1 hectares in December 2020, almost 26 hectares of forested land have been added to Mount Work Regional Park.
“My family has owned and cherished the property for 41 years. Although it has been difficult to let go of these lands, from an environmental perspective we can think of no better use of the land than to have it revert to park to maintain the beauty of the natural landscape forevermore,” said Waultraut Schnarr, the previous landowner.
“CRD Regional Parks are a worthy land steward who will hold it for the common good, and allow the general public access and enjoyment of the rich forest, mossy knolls, diverse flora and fauna, and beautiful vistas – in memory of my husband Gunter Schnarr who was a protector and steward of the natural environment.”
The parcels of land also contain a woodland ridge, with arbutus trees, oak trees, rocky outcrops and areas of dense vegetation.
Planning for how the new property will be utilized will be determined through an ongoing Mount Work management process.
The CRD says the property was identified through the Regional Parks Land Acquisition Strategy, which provides the CRD Board with a road map for acquiring land to add to the regional parks and trails system through the Land Acquisition Fund.
The CRD, with the support of our partners, has acquired over 4,800 hectares of land through the Land Acquisition Fund since it was established in 2000.