Lantzville councillors request meeting with B.C. government over woodlot
Community group calling for protected corridor within Woodlot 1475
Dear friends, it is heartening to see so much concern over the environment in our community. Photographs of clear cuts on private land in Lantzville are powerful BUT wait till you see the images of the next round of logging within the forest of Upper Lantzville. This forest is crown land i.e PUBLIC LAND that has an extensive trail system and waterfall that many of us currently enjoy as a recreational area and is also of high ecological value. WE own this land and should have some say over what happens even if it has been designated as a Woodlot. We may not have much say over what happens on private property but surely we should be able to protect some of our public land especially with so much future development in Lanztville.
The Knarston Creek Proposal which seeks to protect only a portion of the woodlot is supported by our community and the DOL. This a compromise solution supported by the community and been championed and endorsed by Councillor Mark Swain and other councillors. Action is requires ASAP before we all regret it and view further images of destroyed wildlife habitat.
Inform yourself by reading this news article and checking out savelantzvilleforest.com. The DOL and our community deserve a meeting with the Ministry. A meeting with all involved parties could result in a lasting solution. The Woodlot licence holder Mr. Gregson who is involved in other ventures (COPCAN) deserves fair compensation for his investment and the DOL with the Nanaimo Area Land Trust are willing participants. We are looking to the community for help in persuading the government to represent all of us.