|The area outlined in red is slated for development under a plan currently making it's way through Township Council.|
Street roughly between 32nd Avenue and 36th Avenue. But there are stands of trees throughout the neighbourhood.
It is very difficult to see how this kind of urban forest can survive under the proposed development. It is particularly troubling that some owners have begun preemptive clearcuts.
This is all of great concern to the people who live in the neighbourhood and those who own property there as well. Certainly it will affect the future of all of Langley Township and ought to concern Langley residents throughout the municipality. But WOLF is a forest advocacy group and why might we be concerned.
Some might think of WOLF as a bunch of people who just like trees and forest for aesthetic reasons. Although this is undoubtedly true as far as it goes it is not the whole truth. Forests play a vital role in our ecology here in the Lower Mainland. The loss of forest will significantly affect the human environment. Not the least of these impacts would be on our aquifers. Simply put trees play an immense role in conserving and filtering our groundwater. I have seen no evidence that Township has thought through the consequences for the Brookswood Aquifer if there is a singificant loss of trees in the Brookswood area. This aquifer is one of the most vulnerable aquifers in the region. Two other vulnerable aquifers are also in Langley Township.
How these wooded areas in private hands can be conserved is a genuinely vexing problem but the current plan doesn't even confront the problem. Planting trees as replacements especially on this scale is a weak gesture.
Last night (Monday March 3) was the public hearings for the the bylaws changing the Official Community Plan. I would like to be able to give you a first-hand account of how it went but I can't. I stepped out of the Council chambers shortly before the hearings started and was unable to get back in due to the large overflow crowd. This picture gives you an idea of what the scene was like but does not do it full justice because it was taken after many people had already given up and left.
|This is looking into the Council chambers just outside the main doors. There are more people in the lobby outside who are not visible in this picture.|
After four speakers and a brief recess Council decided to adjourn the hearings until tonight at a new venue the George Preston Recreation Centre. Address 20699 – 42 Avenue, Langley, BC
The hearings start at 7pm. Tonight Tuesday March 4. I am told that the George Preston Centre seats 400 people.
I will try to let you know what happens if I can get in.