Saving McLellan Park

November 7, 2012

Breaking News, Events

On October 28th an artistic rally was held in the McLellan Forest, in Glen Valley. The purpose was to bring awareness to the lush public area because it is currently being threatened. The 21 acre expanse is being sold by the government in 5 acre lots to fund a new  recreation center in Aldergrove.

Forests like this, that include mature to old growth western hemlock, are becoming increasingly rare, and this one, right in Langley’s back yard, is on the verge of being sold off. During the rally, many Langley artists and members of WOLF (Watchers Of Langley Forests), gathered to express their feelings about the the piece of heritage right here in Langley.

David Jordan, a scientist of dendrochronology working at Trinity Western University, believes in the importance of this forest for the diverse ecology of the lower mainland, stating that it is “a jewel in Langley Township’s natural heritage.”

The whole event, that took place in the forest, was about giving attention to the forest and using art to express that. Celeste Snowber, Heidi Greco, Sylvia Taylor, Susan McCaslin, James Tebbut and Duncan Lee all expressed the way they felt about this through various arts, including dancing, singing, and reading poetry.

Here are six things you can do to help save McLellan forest east:

1)   Make your views known to the Mayor and Council:
a)    Should this forest be sold?
b)   Should citizens have to buy it from Langley to protect it?
c)    Should Langley find another way to finance a community centre

Mayor Jack Froese- 604 533 6000 jfroese@tol.ca

Councilors
Kim Richter- 604 340 9517 krichter@tol.ca
David Davis – 604 888 1402 ddavis@tol.ca
Michelle Sparrow- 604 340 5087 msparrow@tol.ca
Bec Dornan- 604 340 1554 bdornan@tol.ca
Bob Long- 604 671 8948 blong@tol.ca
Charlie Fox- 604 532 3587 cfox@tol.ca
Grant Ward- 604 532 3584 gward@tol.ca
Steve Ferguson- 604 532 3585 sferguson@tol.ca

2)   Would you be willng to express your views directly to Council by appearing as a delegation at Council Meeting?

3)   Write a short letter to local and regional newspapers

4)   Write to MLA Rich Colman and as that the Province to help protect this forest –maybe as an ecological reserve
#130-7888 200th Street, Langley, BC   V2Y 3J4
604 882 3151
rich.coleman.mla@leg.bc.ca

5)   Write to MP Mark Warawa and ask if the Federal Government can assist: #104-4769 222 St. Langley, BC   V2Z 3C1
604 534 5955
mark.warawa@parl.gc.ca

6)   Let your neighbors know about this forest and ask them to do the same.

Story by Taylor Murray
Photos by Jennifer Shim and Seung Won Chun

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