Father Charles Brandt is well known and deeply respected member of the Comox Valley's conservation community as well as a spiritual leader of the Catholic faith. He is the first ordained Catholic priest-hermit in two centuries and has dedicated the latter half of his life to quiet contemplation about spiritual ecology: the inter-connections between humans and non-human life on this planet.
In 1968 and 1970, "Father Charles" as he is known, purchased 2 adjacent lots of wild land on the banks of the Oyster River where he built his humble hermitage. Now at the age of 95, he is looking forward to ways to protect the 27-acres of mature forest and riparian areas. He has asked the Comox Valley Land Trust to hold a conservation covenant over the property to ensure that the conservation values he so deeply believes in, are protected in perpetuity.
CVLT has completed a science-based conservation plan for the Comox Valley, and the hermitage property was specifically identified as a conservation priority in the context of the Comox Valley as a whole. Therefore, CVLT feels very strongly that this project is an important contribution to efforts targeting biodiversity conservation as much as it is a legacy of Father Charles' tremendous contributions to conservation and our relationships with nature. Funding raised through this campaign will be used to cover the costs associated with negotiating the covenant, the legals fees to draft the covenant, Land Titles Office registration fees, completing a Baseline Documentation Report (required) and supporting long-term monitoring to ensure compliance with the covenant in perpetuity.
A wonderful article about the life of Father Charles is available here: