Situation at Sasquatch ‘much more complicated’

Vitally important to make your voice heard, says letter writer

It is vitally important that anyone who values our provincial parks attend the open house at the Ag Hall on Thursday May 29th and make their voices heard.  It may seem like the Seabird Island/Tamihi Logging  proposal to allow a few logging trucks to run through Sasquatch Park is a minor issue and that the trucks will not really impact the public’s enjoyment of the park.  In reality the situation is much more complicated and threatening.

Firstly, now that the provincial government has made park ‘boundary adjustments’ possible there has been a rush to explore possible ‘adjustments’ for pipelines, hydro lines, and such things as a mining road and independent power production. One possible ‘adjustment’, near Oliver B.C., is for a provincial prison. The proposal for the Sasquatch Park ‘adjustment’ may be joined locally by a proposal for Bridal Falls Provincial Park (for Kinder-Morgan pipeline expansion).  Further afield there are some 30 ideas for park boundary adjustments under consideration.   It well may be that future proposals will include mining, and other developments.

Secondly, the current proposal may be small in scale but once the roads are taken out of the park, there is nothing to stop other timber companies from using the same roads to haul many more truckloads through the park.  The Chilliwack Forest District has stated there is much more timber in the area than the current proposal accounts for.  It is important to understand that once the roads are taken out of the park, there is no going back.

Thirdly, this proposal as well as all others, violates the principle that parks should be free of development.  British Columbia is a resource rich province and has made accommodation for that fact. But many years ago, it was recognized that if we did not protect some lands from development, the entire province would be subject to resource extraction. So, lands were set aside for parks and the rest of the province remained open for business.  We must value our parks for their habitat protection, wilderness experiences and places for rest and recuperation.  If we let parks be downgraded for ‘economic reasons’ there is no stopping the process.  We must stand up for our parks.

All this is not to say the proposed logging south of Sasquatch Park should be disallowed.  Another access route can be developed, there are many old logging roads in the area. It may take more money and work to find another route to take the logs out but it will be well worth it.

Hope to see you at the public meeting on the 29th.

Lillian Martin

Just Posted

One of Chilliwack’s oldest clubs, Toastmasters, hosts an open public speaking event this month

An open house will take place on Oct. 24 at the Mt. Cheam Lions Club Hall at 7:15 p.m.

VIDEO: This is what buying legal pot in B.C. looks like

Take a look inside B.C.’s first and only legal pot shop located in Kamloops

Canada Post supports popular literacy program in Agassiz, Seabird Island

Community foundation awards grant to Story time in the Park

10 things still illegal in the new age of recreational cannabis

Pot is legal – but there are still a lot of rules, and breaking some could leave you in jail

Agassiz, Harrison thank fire crews for battling Mt. Hicks wildfire

Dinner for crews hosted by Agassiz Seniors Community Friday night

Mellow opening to B.C.’s only legal pot shop

About five people lined up early for the opening of the BC Cannabis Store in Kamloops.

Jagmeet Singh says marijuana pardons are not enough

Trudeau government will streamline pardon process for Canadians convicted of simple possession of marijuana in the past

BC Ferries begins taking debit in two-month pilot project

Company is giving customers option to use Interac on two-month trial on select vessels

Caregivers banned from smoking, growing cannabis around children-in-care: MCFD

Ministry has limited cannabis use for caregivers, stating it may “pose a risk to children and youth.”

Cheaper strains sell out within minutes on online BC Cannabis Store

Province says new strains will become available in the coming months

Only 40% of B.C. car dealerships have electric cars available: report

Researchers found buyers frustrated at the lack of options

VIDEO: Millionaire Lottery returns to give back and win big

Since 1996, Millionaire Lottery has raised $52 million for the VGH+UBC Hospital Foundation

Test case challenges a politician’s right to block people from Twitter account

3 people say Watson infringed their constitutional right to freedom of expression by blocking them

Most Read