PICA's focus over the past year has been on ensuring that Brooks Point, Phase III, is preserved in its entirety by the CRD, without subdivision. The community has taken part in many ways in raising an amazing $130,000 towards this, and we have recently forwarded a submission to the CRD describing community commitment to protecting this special place. The CRD Parks Committee will be reviewing this (today, the 19th), and our submission will then be forwarded to CRD Board for discussion on November 9th.
We are now jumping from Brooks Point into the challenge of community acquisition of the Shingle Creek watershed - the largest catchment recharge area on North Pender. Shingle Creek is the major source of water for the Buck Lake reservoir - the water supply for Magic Lake Estates.
We celebrate the announcement of the NMCA for the Southern Strait of Georgia, and are grateful for the years of commitment by Parks Canada's Bill Henwood to seeing this through. Very timely, as it turns out, PICA is planning to focus our upcoming community education program on shoreline stewardship, in partnership with Islands Trust Green Shores initiative. As a starter, we have commenced a forage fish monitoring program on several of our beaches that are good candidates for spawning Surf Smelt and Pacific Sand Lance.
We also celebrate four new conservation covenants on North Pender over the past year, making a total of 16 properties and approximately 34 acres protected.
All in all, a good year!