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March 10, 2011

Ministry of Natural Resource Operations





VICTORIA – Did you know Coastal Douglas-fir ecosystems, which span approximately 256,000 hectares of the province, are largely located on private land? Only about nine per cent, or 23,000 hectares, is on Crown land and under provincial jurisdiction.


The Ministry of Natural Resource Operations, with funding support from the Forest Practices Board, is hosting three half-day workshops aimed at raising awareness, presenting success stories and encouraging shared stewardship of this incredible resource.


The workshops aim to educate and motivate land owners, including private and other levels of government, to contribute to the overall conservation of Coastal Douglas-fir ecosystems. A conservation strategy for Coastal Douglas-fir ecosystems on Crown land has already been developed


So, if you have ideas or strategies beyond those already in place that could help preserve British Columbia’s rare Coastal Douglas-fir ecosystems, the ministry wants to hear from you.


The workshops are open to the general public and will run from 9 a.m. to noon at the following locations:


·         Tuesday, March 15:      Best Western Cowichan Valley Inn, Duncan

·         Tuesday, March 22:      Burns Gorge Activity Centre, Victoria

·         Friday, March 25:         Qualicum Beach Community Hall, Qualicum Beach


Feedback from the sessions will be used to inform a strategic and co-ordinated approach to Coastal Douglas-fir ecosystems conservation across land ownership boundaries.


The sessions are free, however, pre-registration is required due to limited space. To confirm your attendance, email






David Currie

Public Affairs Officer

Ministry of Natural Resource Operations

250 356-5261



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