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Thursday, 09 February 2006 18:15

Public Protects Catherdal Grove for 2 Years - Today!

By Richard Boyce   Feb. 8/05

Today marks the second anniversary of the day that citizens halted logging by Gordon Campbell?s BC Liberal government in Cathedral Grove on the floodplains of the Cameron River. For two years now dedicated citizens have maintained a camp and tree-sits protesting against the proposed parking lot which would see many old growth tree being felled, a 5 acre area of the floodplain being bulldozed, and more than 2 km of gravel trails being pushing through a sensitive wetland forest which is the most sensitive portion of this tiny class ?A? park. Today there is a well established camp with dedicated people who were joined by others to celebrate 2 years of successful protest. Congratulations to all who have participated.


This issue has not been resolved. The public has not been told what the BC Liberals plan to do in the near future. The plan remains the same as 2 years ago. You can make a difference. We are making a difference.

yours in solidarity, Richard Boyce

For more information: http://cathedralgrove.se

Please let the government know that their plan must meet the needs of the public. The entire Cameron Valley and slopes must be protected to provide for this remnant stand of ancient Douglas-fir, species at risk, culturally significant sites, watershed (including drinking water for Qualicum), fish and wildlife habitat. Not to mention the millions of visitors who really don't want to be responsible for destroying this sensitive ecosystem.

BC Minister of Environment Barry Penner E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Web site: www.barrypenner.com Phone: 250 387-1187 Fax: 250 387-1356 PO Box 9047 STN PROV GOVT Victoria BC V8W 9E2

Premier Gordon Campbell E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it PO BOX 9041 STN PROV GOVT Victoria BC V8W 9E1

Alberni-Qualicum MLA Scott Fraser. E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Victoria Phone: 250 387-3655 Port Alberni Phone: 250 720-4515 Toll free: 1 866 870-4190

CONDENSED CHRONOLOGY - 1885 The public begins to lobby the government for a park to protect ?Cathedral Grove? from the peak of Mt. Arrowsmith to Mt. Horne including the Cameron Valley and Cameron Lake. - 1952 H.R. MacMillan traded 136 Hectares of land know as Cathedral Grove for a portion of Strathcona Park which was later logged. Tiny Provincial Park established on Port Alberni highway. - In 1999 $1.7 million of BC Taxpayers money was used to pay Weyerhaeuser for 21 hectare of heavily logged land to be turned into a parking lot. - 2001 BC Parks reveals plan for parking lot - public objection is so strong that WLAP Minister Joyce Murray shelves the plans indefinitely. - Feb. 9, 2004 Loggers arrive to start cutting the remaining old growth trees to make way for the proposed 150 car parking log. Private citizens refuse to leave the area. - Premier Gordon Campbell says;?Cathedral Grove's new parking lot is going through!? - March 2004 - The yarder/excavator to be used for clearing the parking lot is taken away - 10,000 people have signed a petition against the parking lot proposal. - 1 million visitors are expected each year in Cathedral Grove - In a landmark ruling in the Supreme Court of British Columbia Judge Quijano denied the BC Attorney General's request for an interlocutory injunction that would prevent members of the public from entering publicly owned land in Cathedral Grove - Friends of Cathedral Grove (FROG) have repeatedly requested a meeting with BC Environment Minister Barry Penner who has ignored them. - To date the public has not had a transparent opportunity to raise their concerns with the government in an effort to work out a reasonable alternative. - Gordon Campbell?s Liberals use $5.5 million of BC Taxpayers money to pay Weyerhaeuser for 140 acres of stumps and christmas size trees adjacent to Cathedral Grove to double the size of the park while leaving all oldgrowth trees around the park to be logged by BRASCAN (now BROOKSFIELD) - December 11, 2005 BC Environment Minister Barry Penner threatened to shut down the entire park rather than listen to the public or consider alternative to the BC Liberal parking lot.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 February 2006 18:15

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