An open letter to forests minister Doug Donaldson and environment minister George Heyman.
Dear Ministers Donaldson and Heyman:
Please hear our plea to save the Clack Creek Gallery Forest from logging and stop the BC Timber Sales process now before it is too late.
This minuscule area, in the grand scheme of logging opportunities, is a magnificent natural biodiversity treasure in the backyard of the people, animals, and flora and fauna who live and flourish here. It is a key piece of land connecting three park islands within the Elphinstone Park expansion area, which is part of the Modern Land Use Plan (MLUP). Why log the area while the MLUP is underway and when the Elphinstone Park expansion means so much to those who live here?
I had the honour of hiking in the Clack Creek Gallery Forest on Sunday. It truly was magical. Come and see for yourself. I will be happy to share the experience with you. You will see tall mature trees, the largest patches in the province of rare snow bramble, wonderful step-pool streams cascading downslope proving quality amphibian habitat, unique tree formations such as the Turning Fork Tree, all within a protective space for Roosevelt elk, black bears, wolves, owls and birds, such as the mouse-like winter wren.
Please sirs, hear our plea and stop the BC Timber Sales process before the end of April 2019 and come for a hike with us. It will be reinvigorating, inspiring and motivating. I await your response.
Sarah Lowis, Gibsons