Conserving wildlife habitat in the Puntledge River Watershed

Project Year: 2019-2020

Lamprey Photo: Kathryn Clouston

Project Lead

Comox Valley Land Trust


Coastal Region


Project Type

Land Securement

FWCP Contribution

$To be funded from Property Acquisition fund

Action Plan Alignment


Project ID


Morrison headwaters nature preserve

This project will support the Comox Valley Land Trust to purchase a 55-acre (22-hectare) parcel of private land in the headwaters of Morrison Creek in the Puntledge River Watershed. The land has high conservation values for wetland and riparian habitats. The headwaters of Morrison Creek are known for its unique “climate-proof,” spring-fed hydrology and abundant, reliable runs of salmon. The land is the largest remaining unprotected area of core wildlife habitat in the Comox Valley lowlands, providing habitat for all large mammals native to Vancouver Island, and habitat for more than 12 species at risk, including Morrison Creek Lamprey, found nowhere else on earth. Species that will benefit include: Coho, Pink, Chum, and Chinook Salmon, Steelhead, Cutthroat and Rainbow Trout, Dolly Varden, Morrison Creek Lamprey, Roosevelt Elk, Black Bear, Columbian Black-tailed Deer, beaver, Marten, Little Brown bats, Red-legged frogs, and a diversity of birds.


Update: Conservation land acquired at Morrison Creek

A 55-acre parcel of land has been protected within the headwaters of Morrison Creek, which Fisheries and Oceans Canada considers the best salmon-producing river of its size in the Comox Valley! The area provides important habitat for large mammals, fish, amphibians, and birds, including species at risk. In fact, one species, the Morrison Creek lamprey, isn’t found anywhere else on earth. Comox Valley Land Trust acquired the land for conservation with funding support from the FWCP.