Same blunder being made in Green Timbers

Surrey council allows development in old-growth forest

Re: Treed land near Green Timbers forest to be developed.

After reading about Deb Jack’s insistence on a wildlife review before the “killing field” to come in Kevin Diakiw’s article, I took a guided early morning walk through the portion of Green Timbers forest which Surrey’s sole-slate council just unanimously voted to house the homeless in.

The din of wonderful, rich, and diverse birdsong was overwhelming: an orange-crowned warbler, a hairy woodpecker, song sparrows, robins and many more species heard.

These birds are nesting at this time, for the last time. What new facility will Surrey council open up to house the far greater droves of homeless birds, mammals, insects, plants, fungi and trees it will create?

Either the creatures forced from this land or those which they displace in surviving scraps of forest will perish, along with all their descendants.

It was a Surrey council blunder of the same sort – “we don’t want the sawmill to close down. People need jobs. So we’ll have to let them cut down old-growth Green Timbers forest” – that caused the furor that led to the promise to never allow it again, broken over and over again by council after council for a lake, road widenings, a police centre with acres of parking, etc.


Don DeMille

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