A Nanaimo, British Columbia, business that had “an exceptionally good year” is putting some of its profit toward saving Mount Benson from logging, according to the Nanaimo News Bulletin.
The Littlejohn family, owners and operators of the Living Forest Oceanside Campground, gave the Nanaimo and Area Land Trust (NALT) $5,000 Tuesday (Sept. 11) at one of the campground’s picturesque sites on Vancouver Island. David Littlejohn, the campground’s owner, also pledged an additional $5 nightly for each booked campsite from Sept. 15 to Sept. 30.
“I would be shocked and amazed if that didn’t come to an additional $5,000,” he said. “We’re hoping the weather holds.”
Gail Adrienne, executive director for NALT, said the donation was a key contribution in helping achieve the goal of raising another $230,000 to help buy 530 acres on Mount Benson.
“This money and the additional pledge will put us over the halfway mark in our second half of fundraising, so it is significant,” said Adrienne.
NALT made a payment last winter of more than $230,000 for the first installment of a $475,000 goal.
Rob Littlejohn said the reasoning behind the donation wasn’t difficult to come up with.
“Mount Benson is a beautiful backdrop for Nanaimo and it represents a lot of outdoor recreation in this area,” he said. “I was asked if I can imagine how it would look if it was logged and I can, which is why it is important to preserve it and keep it green.”
Laura Littlejohn said many of the people who camp at Living Forest enjoy the outdoor recreation opportunities Nanaimo has to offer.
“I think more and more people are realizing that this area is a great place to come for outdoor adventures,” she said. “It would be horrible if Mount Benson was logged. It is only natural for us to make a contribution.”
The Littlejohns founded Living Forest in 1994 and it has since grown from 60 campsites to more than 300 on 52 acres of land along the Nanaimo Estuary with several ocean view campsites.