Cusheon Cove is a mud and gravel bay highly productive intertidal estuary with a creek flowing out of the cove said to have salmon bearing potential. The property contains a variety of ecosystem types, the dominant one being older second growth Coastal douglas-fir forest as mapped through the BC Conservation Data Centre’s Sensitive Ecosystem Inventory. This property is located in the moist maritime subzone of the Coastal Douglas fir Biogeoclimatic zone.
TLC worked with BC Parks to acquire three parcels of land at Cushion Cove, adjacent to Ruckle Provincial Park. The total acquisition was close to four million dollars and was funded by an Ecological Gift by the previous landowner, the Province of BC, and TLC through the BC Trust for Public Land and generous contributions by members of the public. TLC retains partial ownership on one parcel of land and has leased the land to BC Parks for 99 years. The other two parcels are wholely owned by BC Parks.
The BC Parks management planning process for Cushion Cove is currently underway as an addendum to the existing plan for Ruckle Provincial Park. TLC is involved as a member of the Technical Advisory Committee to advise the management planning process.