Why We are Donating to The Cottonwood Lake Preservation Society
Grizzly bears, an umbrella species—defined as flora or fauna that have large habitat needs or other requirements whose conservation precipitates the preservation of many other species in the same ecosystem—utilize the Cottonwood Lake area as a travel corridor. Osprey catch their meals here as the six-hectare lake is stocked with Rainbow trout and a fun, family fishing weekend takes place annually on Father’s Day (with electric powered boats only). Preserving this area has far-reaching implications.
It’s hard to imagine that a place as special as this, enjoyed by so many, could be the victim of extensive private logging. However, it happened. In late 2018 concerned citizens called an emergency meeting to stop the deforesting carnage that was occurring right next to the lake. The community of Nelson was shocked to learn that the majority of the land surrounding their beloved lake was private, and was slated for massive timber harvesting. The west slope above the water had been clear-cut with only a strip of forest left between the devastation and the lake.
But there is still much to be done; the privately-owned, additional 49 acres of land surrounding the lake needs to be purchased in order to protect it. With a hefty price tag of $750,000, this is no small feat. In order for this important piece of nature to be preserved and enjoyed for future generations, all possible donors need to come forward.