I wish to pledge my support and deepest gratitude to Mayor Chris Burger, City Council Members and Ornithologist Christopher Stevens for their continuing efforts to protect this important ecological area of Parksville.
I echo the sentiments so eloquently expressed by local residents who have taken time to submit letters of concern. Along with the important role the wetlands play in water conservation, this natural habitant represents one of Parksville’s crown jewels. It is the home of multiple species of birds, wildlife and plants. This scenic area is enjoyed by residents year round and enriches the lives of families from the neighbourhood and beyond who have come to appreciate and value nature at their doorstep. This area represents a vital component of educating our youth to appreciate and understand the complexities of natural habitats and their necessity to human life.
The Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) was developed to protect our natural habitats and farm land. It is amazing that an individual or company can seek exemptions for land preserved in the ALR; it is counter-intuitive. There are numerous examples throughout the world where natural resources have been destroyed in the pursuit of financial gain, a rather short sighted goal compared to the decades required for forest and wetlands rejuvenation. Belatedly, the governments involved have realized the error of putting money first.
I urge residents of the City of Parksville to please support Mayor Burger and City Council Members and deny this application. Please preserve this beautiful area of Parksville and “Super Natural BC”.
Each one of us plays a role in being a custodian of this earth. Please secure this area now and for future generations.