The stream and woods that jut into the south side of Lower Gibsons may officially receive Town protection.
Council asked staff at the July 12 regular council meeting to investigate and report on what’s needed to designate Charman Creek watershed and forest as a protected conservation area. Staff is to report on options, costs, and a public information initiative in the fall so that such an undertaking may be included in next year’s budget.
Mayor Bill Beamish brought the motion forward, pointing to a November report examining the health of the fish-bearing creek and the areas for remediation and restoration.
Ultimately, Beamish said he’d like to see a link from a Charman Creek conservation area to the newly established protected areas at Gospel Rock.
Coun. Annemarie DeAndrade pointed to the advantages in tourism, town beauty and property values of protecting the Charman area – beyond the protection of nature.
Councillors also pointed to the need to protect and restore wildlife corridors.