Will justice prevail on Nov. 14-15

Shame on the The Land Conservancy B.C. board of directors for what I believe is a betrayal of trust to Merv Wilkinson’s vision for Wildwood

Shame on the The Land Conservancy (TLC) British Columbia board of directors for what I believe is a betrayal of trust to Merv Wilkinson’s vision for Wildwood forest’s future and betrayal to members of TLC and the Ecoforesty Institute Society and other supporters of Wildwood, who donated almost $1 million to protect and keep Wildwood as a public forest not a private one as TLC has been fighting members of both organizations to do for the past few years.

For more than 60 years, Merv Wilkinson earned a living doing sustainable logging on the property he called Wildwood, south of Nanaimo. Merv’s work received such acclaim that in 2009 the Nanaimo-born forester received both the Order of B.C. and Order of Canada.

TLC purchased the property in 2001 from Merv and his ex-wife Grace with the proviso that Merv and his wife Anne would live out their days in the house he built in Wildwood. TLC became the owner with the Ecoforestry Institute Society managing the property as a public ecoforestry and educational site.

At the TLC AGM on October 22, 2016, TLC members left shocked and angry at the board of directors continued determination to spend funds on legal fees to be allowed to sell Wildwood to a private buyer, even though the Ecoforesty Institute Society have made a substantial offer to purchase Wildwood with a trust deed covenant that would protect Wildwood in accordance with Merv Wilkinson’s wishes.

I am certainly not alone in believing if this private sale happens, it will cause very damaging outcomes for all land trusts in garnering future property donors and supporter donations.

My hope for everyone’s sake is that justice prevails on Nov. 14-15 when Justice Fitzpatrick will decide the fate of Wildwood that the community has rallied so hard to protect.

For more information visit www.savewildwood.com.

Ronda Murdock

Parksville

 

Just Posted

Solar system spending, asbestos removal in SD69 plan

Green house gas emission report received at May 22 board meeting

Gr. 7s learn about digital safety, health, consent at con in Parksville

SD69 hosts first Health and Wellness Conference for students headed to high school

Qualicum Beach east village plans take shape

Staff moving forward with east village concept

Three-for-one at Parksville studio for tour

Local artists participating in Central Island Studio Tour May 26-27

Pole dancers bring disco theme for second Errington hall event

Island Talent Pole Fitness show to include national champs on June 2

Black Press Media to launch Pipeline Full of Controversy series

Series covers Trans Mountain’s history, science, Indigenous reaction, politics and economics

B.C. RCMP swoop in to save injured eagle

An eagle with a broken wing now in a recovery facility after RCMP rescue near Bella Coola

Catalyst Paper to sell U.S. mills to Chinese company

Sale will allow company to focus on B.C. interests, says president Ned Dwyer

Comox Valley baseball player Thomas Green commits to Cuesta College

18-year-old shortstop following in older cousin Taylor’s footsteps

Bug spray 101: Health Canada wants you to stay bite free

Health Canada is reminding Canadians to use bug spray and other insect repellents safely

Unions reject CP Rail contract offers

Both meeting Friday to determine next steps; 72 hours notice required before strike action.

B.C. jewellers warn public about fake gold scam

‘They are playing on people’s sympathy and their greed’

Former B.C. premier says pot industry about to enter Wild West

Mike Harcourt says Canada is about to enter a new gold rush with many dreaming of striking it rich

Hunt continues for two suspects in Ontario restaurant explosion

The explosion left 15 people injured, but all victims have now been released from hospital

Most Read