Cumberland Community Forest Society (CCFS) and Youth and Ecological Restoration (YER) are excited to invite the public to a youth led tour of the Perseverance Creek corridor on Friday, August 20th at 12:00 pm. This section of forest was purchased in 2020 and is 225 acres in size.

Two YER youth will be measuring and recording the health of a stand of Western Redcedars, as well as documenting wildlife trees.  Their research findings will be published in a report to help guide CCFS forest management and future land purchases.

Zoe Cilliers, CCFS, Stewardship and Outreach Coordinator, will lead the ecological research, with Tim Ennis doing the final report.  Barb Whyte, Elder, Traditional Knowledge Keeper and member of K’omoks First Nation will share the cultural value of Western Redcedar with the youth. Tyler Farley, Village of Cumberland, Supervisor of Parks, Trails and Land will discuss recreational trails and wildlife habitat.

This YER, Phase II project is made possible through a funding partnership between Ministry of Children and Family Development, Village of Cumberland, Community Grant Program, and CCFS. The youth will lead a one-hour public tour where they will share their experience and research.

To attend please meet at the Perseverance Creek bridge on Comox Lake Rd.  To get there go up Dunsmuir Ave., turn left on Sutton Ave., which turns into Comox Lake Rd.  Continue until you get to Perseverance Creek, with wooden railings on either side of the road.  We look forward to you joining us.

FMI contact YER Youth Support Worker, Graham Hilliar at or 250-334-7566; visit the YER website at

Photo: Doreen Rodriguez leads YERII 2019 public tour in Morrison Creek headwaters.

Wendy Kotilla

Youth and Ecological Restoration Program