Lazo Marsh – North East Comox Wildlife Management Area
About This Wildlife Management Area
Date Designated: April 6, 2001
Purpose: Conservation of habitat for a diverse population of fish, wildlife and indigenous
flora and fauna.
Size: 127 hectares
Region: West Coast
Location and Maps
East coast of Vancouver
Island in the Comox Valley.
Nature and Culture
Thousands of waterfowl and other birds from more than 140 species reside
permanently or winter in the WMA, including Great Horned Owl fledglings,
ducks, geese and Trumpeter Swans. Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Coho
Salmon fry and Stickleback frequent the waters.
Physiography, Climate and Vegetation
The WMA contains wetlands, riparian areas and sand dunes along with upland
forests supporting a number of rare or threatened plants. Lazo Marsh is
a low depression with a thin layer of organic soils over marine clays.
Due to the shallow depths in the marsh, succession rates are high, and
Bullrush and Salix species are becoming dominant in the south area.
Compatible Resource and Recreation Uses
This area is popular with naturalists and other outdoor recreationalists
for wildlife viewing, walking and mountain biking.