If Seabird is successful in a bid to use the road through Sasquatch Park for logging purposes, it could pave the way to the emergency evacuation route that Agassiz and Harrison need.
Steve Thomson, minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, wrote to the mayors of Kent and Harrison, along with Chief Clem Seymour of Seabird Island First Nation to suggest they meet with Chilliwack’s natural resource manager to discuss the potential route.
“Some synergies may exist with the Seabird First Nation should they be successful with their request for access through Sasquatch Park in support of their proposed area-based tenure,” Thomson wrote. Seabird has applied to have a portion of a road through Sasquatch Park removed from the park boundaries to allow for logging traffic, to extract logs from their land to the east.
Thomson’s letter was in response to a letter sent by the mayors. It was discussed briefly among Kent’s councillors at a Mar. 24 meeting, and they made a resolution to set up the meeting.
Discussions about the need for a secondary emergency evacuation route have been going on for at least the last decade.