Friday, 22 May 2015

CHANGE OF VENUE FOR WOLF AGM


 Due to circumstance beyond the control of Watchers of Langley Forests the WOLF AGM cannot be held at the venue of the Community Hall. The new venue is at the Riverside Room at the back of the building where the Fort Pub is located.The meeting will still be held at 1 pm May 24. The address is 9277 Glover Road but the best way to access is to walk in from Billy Brown Road through Le'lem Square.


The date and time of Sunday May 24 at 1 pm remains the same.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

We hope you can make it.

-Kirk Robertson
Chair 
Watchers of Langley Forests


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Thursday, 21 May 2015

WOLF Annual General Meeting MAY 24,2015

                WATCHERS OF LANGLEY FORESTS 

    UPDATE    Due to circumstance beyond the control of Watchers of Langley Forests the WOLF AGM cannot be held at the venue of the Community Hall. The new venue is at the 
Riverside Room at the back of the building where the Fort Pub is located.The meeting will still be held at 1 pm May 24. The address is 9277 Glover Road but the best way to access is to walk in from Billy Brown Road through Le'lem Square.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

We hope you can make it.

-Kirk Robertson
Chair 
Watchers of Langley Forests
               
                      


Watchers of Langley Forests(WOLF) will be holding its 2nd Annual General Meeting on May
24 at 1 pm at(see above for new venue). The membership of WOLF will gather to elect a portion of the Board of Directors. Mark Haddock,a professor of environmental law at the University of Victoria and a Langley Township resident will be the featured speaker.

WOLF is a forest conservation group in the Township of Langley. In its short period of
existence the members of WOLF have seen highs and lows. It was established in 2012 to
campaign against the sale of what is now known as the Blaauw Eco Forest in the Glen Valley
area of Langley Thanks to the generosity of the Blaauw family the Blaauw Eco forest has
since been aside as an educational,research, and conservation area for Trinity Western
University.Since January 2014 much of WOLF’s efforts were focused on persuading
Township Council not to sell Creekside Forest, an urban forest in the Aldergrove area. In early
March Council voted five to four to proceed with the sale.


Featured speaker Mark Haddock will talk about how the successful campaign to save the
Blaauw Forest relates to the conservation of old growth forests in a provincial context.
The address for the Fort Langley Community Hall is 9167 Glover Road.The membership fee
for WOLF is ten dollars.

                                                     

WOLF AGM THIS SUNDAY

     UPDATE  Due to circumstance beyond the control of Watchers of Langley Forests the WOLF AGM cannot be held at the venue of the Community Hall. The new venue is at the 
Riverside Room at the back of the building where the Fort Pub is located.The meeting will still be held at 1 pm May 24. 

We apologize for any inconvenience.

We hope you can make it.

-Kirk Robertson
Chair 
Watchers of Langley Forests
               



      Notice
                             Of

Annual General Meeting
                   
Date:      May 24, 2015.

Time:      1 pm

Place:     NEW VENUE 
9277 Glover Road.,Langley
    
For directions or more information                         
Phone Kirk Robertson at 604-856-6849
or email: scalkiro@gmail.com       


Speaker: Mark Haddock -Environmental Lawyer



We will be electing a Board of Directors. If you are interested in serving on the Board please contact Kirk Robertson.

Monday, 29 December 2014

PRESS RELEASE-CONCERT AT CREEKSIDE FOREST

Watchers of Langley Forests
~ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ~
December 29,2014
Watchers of Langley Forests (WOLF) and Aldergrove Neighbours are inviting the public to attend a late season Christmas Concert at Creekside Forest in Aldergrove.
The concert,an a cappella performance by the Opus Women’s Choir, will begin at 10:30 am January 3,2015. It is expected to last about an hour and a half. The location will be Creekside Forest, a municipally­owned forest now slated to be developed as part of a sixty­one family home development. Local forest conservation group , Watchers of Langley Forests(WOLF) together with a group of Aldergrove residents calling themselves Aldergrove Neighbours, have been campaigning for Creekside Forest to be conserved.
“What the future will bring is up to Township Council. We are hopeful that the Mayor and Council will to the right thing though. It is in that spirit of hope so in keeping with the holidays that we decided to organize the concert” said WOLF chair Kirk Robertson.
Jessica Horst,of Aldergrove Neighbours, said “This is all about the community coming together speaking up for saving our natural heritage.”
Creekside forest is the southern portion of a 19­​acre property owned by the Township of Langley and located at 28th Ave and 276th street..In the spring of 2014 the land was rezoned to allow for sixty­​one detached lots. Twenty lots are located in the heart of the forest following a “keyhole” design. The other forty lots are in the northern unforested portion.
Since January 2014 WOLF has been calling for the forested area to set aside for conservation and recreational purposes. In conjunction with local Aldergrove residents they have made delegations to Council and organized tours of the forest in late May. In November 2014 the property was put up for sale. On December 01,2014 Township Council was presented with evidence that the arborist report prepared for Council as part of their decision to rezone was based on faulty data. Specifically, in multiple cases tree species such as cedar were misidentified as “inferior species” such as birch. Council voted to refer the issue to staff so that the consultants who prepared the report and gathered the data could speak to the issue. In the meantime the sale is on hold.
Aldergrove resident, Darlene Sherwin, said “This is our last publicly­owned natural standing forest in Aldergrove proper. As an Aldergrove resident for nearly forty years I have watched our forests disappear. This has been really disconcerting.” She added “Hopefully with events like the concert Aldergrove residents will be able to see why preserving Creekside Forest is so important.”

The forest can be accessed at 27540 28th avenue just east of the bridge over Bertrand Creek.Signs will be placed to guide the public. Hot beverages and refreshments will be provided on the day of the concert. Audience participation will be encouraged.
                                                           
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Google Maps link: https://goo.gl/maps/unCI6

Contact Kirk Robertson
at savemclellanpark@gmail.com
 

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

CONCERT AT CREEKSIDE FOREST

CONCERT AT CREEKSIDE FOREST
in ALDERGROVE
Come join us in celebrating

       THE NEW YEAR WITH A FOND FAREWELL TO THE CHRISTMAS SEASON

Saturday Jan. 03, 2015 at 10:30 am

Opus One Women’s Choir performing
Brenda Wilson, Artistic Director

Bring the whole family
Sing along


Meet at 27540 28th Avenue
google maps link

Refreshments:Hot beverages and cookies


Sponsored by:
Aldergrove Neighbours & WOLF (Watchers of Langley Forests)

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

CREEKSIDE FOREST PRESS RELEASE

                       


                                           FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Langley, BC. Tuesday November 25, 2014

This week members and supporters of Watchers of Langley Forests(WOLF) expressed their
extreme disappointment at the decision of the Township of Langley to proceed with the sale of
the Creekside forest property in Aldergrove just days after the municipal election. WOLF also
called upon the public to attend the next afternoon Council meeting on Monday December
1,2014.

Creekside forest is the southern portion of a 19­ acre Township owned property located at
28th Ave and 276th street. The northern unforested portion was once the Township sewage
treatment facility. In the spring of 2014 the land was rezoned to allow for sixty-one detached
lots. Twenty lots are located in the heart of the forest following a “keyhole” design. The edges
of the forest have been set aside by Township for green space. The other forty lots are in the
northern unforested portion. Two water treatment facilities on the northeast and northwest
corners of the parcel are to be retained by the municipality. Bertrand Creek runs along the
west side of the property and Creekside Park is located on the other side of Bertrand Creek.

The Township page printed in local Langley newspapers featured an advertisement for the
sale of all sixty­one lots on Thursday November 20. This is a statutory requirement. Once a
second advertisement is printed this week the sale can proceed. Township staff will have
authority to conclude a sale from the morning of December 1,2014. Council meets later that
day at 3pm.

“It pains me that that the Township has chosen to continue on this path” said advocate for the
forest and Aldergrove resident Jessica Horst. She added “The Township never considered the
recreational and educational advantages of conserving this last publicly owned urban forest in
Aldergrove. Langley kids,especially those at nearby Shortreed Elementary, are losing out on a
great resource. This irreplaceable community asset shouldn’t be cast aside for money. This is
our last chance to get this right.”

Kirk Robertson, Chair of WOLF agreed. “The decision to rezone and sell is ripe for review by
the newly elected Council. I hope that they will get an opportunity to do so “

The fight to save Creekside Forest began in January 2014 when Township Council held
public hearings into a bylaw to subdivide and rezone its own property. The Bylaw received
final approval in the spring. Until now Township has retained ownership of the land.
“Up to now the new lots have just been lines on a map. Once they are sold to a developer the
new reality on the ground is going to significantly change things” said WOLF member Ron
Kitteringham.

WOLF member C. Walther agreed “The forest won’t continue as an intact ecosystem when
the middle of it is taken out. Habitat fragmentation is one of the most detrimental and
irreversible impacts upon a system's integrity and capacity for ecological resilience. Sources
of invasive species quickly out­compete the seedlings of indigenous species once
disturbance occurs causing all future maintenance costs to soar and healthy habitat to be
compromised.”

She continued "Forests can't be defined by the 'living' trees alone. In fact, a forest without
'dead' and decaying wood wouldn't be a healthy forest at all. None of that is taken into
account in single point surveys or bylaw sized tree inventories. Once you start dissecting a
forest into smaller wooded areas the whole stops being more than the sum of its parts.”
Robertson emphasized that the issue of Creekside Forest had a larger context.

“This is part of an ongoing process of land sales by the municipality that has seen Township
consistently fail to consider ecological issues when they decide to sell.They also neglect to
consult with the public or community groups before going ahead. Bertrand Creek
Enhancement Society was not even consulted about this proposed development.”

“Langley residents who care about the forest or these larger issues need to come out to the
Afternoon Meeting next Monday to let Council know that Langley cares about this.”

He added “This is an opportunity to do things differently in Langley Township.”

In June 2012 a group of concerned residents launched a successful campaign to save a
Township owned forest in Glen Valley that is now known as McLellan Forest Natural Park.
Many of the people involved in that earlier campaign formed Watchers of Langley Forests in
July 2012 to fight for the conservation of another nearby Glen Valley forest that had also been
put up for sale by the Township. That forest ,which is now known as the Blaauw Eco Forest,
was purchased by Trinity Western University after a generous donation by the Blaauw family.
The Blaauw forest has been set aside as an educational,research, and conservation area.
WOLF has continued to advocate and fight for the conservation of ecologically significant
forests in Langley Township since then.