There is a saying that the pen is mightier then the sword. I wish this were so in my case. Unfortunately, this letter will probably fall on deaf ears.
To my understanding, Canada Lands is about to develop a beautiful piece of mini-forest, that is now still standing on the old army base. A name contest has been held to name this new developement.
Do the people of Sardis and Chilliwack realize that this mini-forest is probably one of the last still remaining on the flats by the Vedder River?
It has trees on it that are hundreds of years old. Trilliums, a once protected plant and flower by our provincial government, grow abundantly in this forest. Many species of birds, squirrels, rabbits, coyotes and other furry animals call this home.
The people of Langley are loudly protesting a forest that may be sold by their city, to a developer. No one seems to care about this ancient forest down on the army base. Are the people of Chilliwack and Sardis even aware this mini-forest may soon be mowed down by bulldozers?
There are beautiful walking trails throughout this little piece of paradise. Ancient trees have already been tagged to be brought down. This may be a case of the population not being aware of what is about to happen. The beautiful forest we are about to lose. It may be another case of our land being sold out from underneath us, as our Canadian north is slowly, and secretly, being sold to foreign investments by our federal government. People beware, the Canada we once knew and fought for is disappearing before our very eyes. Our forefathers must be turning over in their graves.
Louise Matthews Chilliwack