At a celebration at Cottonwood Lake on Oct. 8, some of the people and organizations who collaborated to keep the forest around Cottonwood Lake clearcut free. Back, L-R: Patrick Checknita (Columbia Basin Trust); Mitchell Scott, Richard Green and Nikita McDaniel (Cottonwood Lake Preservation Society); Kathy Arney and Katie MacPherson (KEA Canada); and Ramona Faust (Regional District of Central Kootenay). Front row L-R: Andrew McBurney, Bruce Morrison and Shayne Kasai of the Cottonwood Lake Preservation Society. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

At a celebration at Cottonwood Lake on Oct. 8, some of the people and organizations who collaborated to keep the forest around Cottonwood Lake clearcut free. Back, L-R: Patrick Checknita (Columbia Basin Trust); Mitchell Scott, Richard Green and Nikita McDaniel (Cottonwood Lake Preservation Society); Kathy Arney and Katie MacPherson (KEA Canada); and Ramona Faust (Regional District of Central Kootenay). Front row L-R: Andrew McBurney, Bruce Morrison and Shayne Kasai of the Cottonwood Lake Preservation Society. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

A celebration at Cottonwood Lake

100-plus people gathered at Cottonwood Lake Oct. 8 to celebrate purchase of land to prevent logging

Throughout the afternoon of Oct. 9, people gathered at Cottonwood Lake to celebrate the Cottonwood Lake Preservation Society’s purchase of forest around the lake that had been slated for logging.

Over the past four years the society raised $400,000 to purchase the land and another $250,000 for operational costs and endowment fees during the land purchasing process.

Visitors at the celebration socialized at the lakeshore, went canoeing, visited several information booths, listened to congratulatory speeches, and visited a new information kiosk on the rail trail beside the lake.

“I’m not normally at a loss for words,” said the society’s Andrew McBurney. “But, it’s joyous, and I’m feeling satisfied and happy. The feeling of, you’ve really accomplished something in your community.”

He pointed out that the credit should be shared by about 1,000 private donors, dozens of volunteers, the Columbia Basin Trust, the Regional District of Central Kootenay which assisted with the transfer of the land, and the Nature Conservancy of Canada, which is the new permanent owner of the property.

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The Cottonwood Lake Preservation Society has just completed construction of a kiosk located beside the rail trail at the lake. Shown here on Oct. 8 are Andrew McBurney of the CLPS with Katie McPherson (left) and Kathy Arney of KEA Canada, a consulting company that helps non-profits raise funds, and which helped raise the money for the purchase of the land. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

The Cottonwood Lake Preservation Society has just completed construction of a kiosk located beside the rail trail at the lake. Shown here on Oct. 8 are Andrew McBurney of the CLPS with Katie McPherson (left) and Kathy Arney of KEA Canada, a consulting company that helps non-profits raise funds, and which helped raise the money for the purchase of the land. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Photo: Bill Metcalfe