Protecting a Coastal Douglas Fir land
Mon Aug 6, 2018 9:31am

We are writing to ask for your support in protecting a Coastal Douglas Fir land bordering the French Creek Estuary on East Vancouver Island.

French Creek Estuary Lands, a 23 Acre parcel of intact forest that borders an Estuary is in danger of being compromised by a proposed high density development of duplexes, triplexes and condominiums.

The land is located adjacent to the French Creek Estuary between the towns of Parksville and Qualicum on Vancouver Island (see map). This ecologically sensitive land is part of the
UNESCO Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region & Parksville-Qualicum Wildlife Protection Area.

From its headwaters in the mountainous regions of central Vancouver Island, French Creek flows into the Salish Sea. It supports wild Pacific salmon and in 2018, 100,000 Chum salmon fry were released into French Creek along with 35,000 Coho salmon fry. Steelhead and cutthroat trout are also found in the Creek. Maintaining Coastal Douglas Fir forest along erodible floodplain is important in protecting the health of the Estuary.

This 23 acre mature forest, pond and marsh, is the last remaining Coastal Forest in the area. It provides natural habitat for nesting Bald Eagles, Great Blue Herons, Owls and many other bird species. Beaver and Otters and their young live by its pond which harbours turtles, frogs, and both resident and migrating ducks.

We have created online petitions for submission to local government authorities; The Regional District of Nanaimo and Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, urging them to deny the proposed development.

We seek your support to conserve this ecologically sensitive land and hope you will share the petition with your members and contacts. Additional ideas and information are most welcome.
Save Coastal Forest Estuary Land

Thank you for your consideration,

Pete Bonell, Penny Vanson, Denise Foster, Peter Giesen

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