Celebrate a Community Taking Action – October 8, 2022, Cottonwood Lake Regional Park

Four years in the making and we have finally done it. We have saved Cottonwood Lake. With your incredible support, we successfully raised just under $650,000 which supported the purchase of 49 hectares of mature forest slated to be logged. Over 1,000 different individual donors, from families to businesses, locals, non-locals, and everyone in between, helped us reach our goal of protecting Cottonwood Lake so it can remain wild.

So, you’re all aware, $400,000 went to the land purchase with the remainder going to endowment fees, surveys, and operational costs that all contribute to Cottonwood’s future.

Thanks to a passionate group of volunteers and a giving, creative, motivated community behind them, the wilderness above Cottonwood Lake – home to a variety of plants and animals – has been protected. Forever.

Over the past year, the work of the Cottonwood Lake Preservation Society (CLPS) has been focused on the transition of lands to be protected in perpetuity. The money the CLPS raised was passed to the RDCK, who became the on-title owners of the property.

From there, the CLPS continued to work with the RDCK to transfer the land to the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). Supported by the funds raised by CPLS for an endowment, NCC will manage and protect the property’s important ecological features. It’s taken some time, but we’re happy to report that the mature, forest ecosystem above our beloved Cottonwood Lake will be protected from any type of development for generations to come.

To celebrate the closing of the Save Cottonwood campaign, and to recognize the many of you who donated your time, your creativity, your energy, and your money to Save Cottonwood, we’re throwing a shaker.

Join us on Saturday October 8th, 2022 at Cottonwood Lake between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. as we unveil our new donor kiosk, and officially celebrate the closure of this amazing story of a small community rising to a very big challenge. Check our website, savecottonwood.com or contact us for a bus schedule or to sign up for our rideshare as we would love to welcome you and together, celebrate this significant milestone. With many thanks and appreciation,

The Save Cottonwood Team