Monday, 28 September 2015

HAN SHAN REVIVAL AT BLAAUW ECO FOREST

Last week saw us reach the two year anniversary of the dedication of what is now know as the Blaauw Eco Forest. It seems a fitting time to remember how we got to that moment. The School of Arts and Music at Trinity Western University will be hosting an event next Saturday October 3 that will celebrate the Han Shan Project. Susan McCaslin, award winning poet and organizer of the original event in December 2012, will speak at this free and public event. This is part of a Conference on Arts and the Environment to be held at Trinity Western University.

To learn more go here. As mentioned above this event is free and open to the public. Attendees who register for free have the  option to purchase a lunch.

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)