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Posted May 22, 2010

CRD Parks Public Input Process Presents Golden Opportunity to Protect Canada's Most Magnificent Old-Growth Forests

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May 21, 2010

CRD Parks Public Input Process Presents Golden Opportunity to Protect Canada's Most Magnificent Old-Growth Forests
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The San Juan Spruce (left) and Red Creek Fir (right) are within the CRD boundary and should be prime candidates for official protection.
Photos by TJ Watt

PLEASE WRITE!!! CRD Parks Public Input Process Presents Golden Opportunity to Protect Canada’s Most Magnificent Old-Growth Forests http://crd.bc.ca/_contact/?l=parks_strategic

A first rate opportunity for saving Canada’s largest trees and some of its most magnificent ancient forests is currently being presented through the Capital Regional District – CRD (on southern Vancouver Island), which is soliciting public input on where new regional parks should be located as part of their Strategic Plan for the next 10 years.

Within the CRD’s boundaries lie some of the world’s most magnificent trees and old-growth forests that should be first-rate candidates for potential new Regional Parks, including:

- The Red Creek Fir, the world’s largest Douglas fir near Port Renfrew.
- The Avatar Grove, one of BC’s most accessible and magnificent stands of old-growth redcedars and Douglas firs, including “Canada’s gnarliest tree”, near Port Renfrew (see driving directions at: http://www.ancientforestalliance.org/news-item.php?ID=68)
- The San Juan Spruce, Canada’s largest Sitka spruce tree and second largest spruce in the world, also near Port Renfrew.
- The Refugee Tree, the largest redcedar in the CRD, just south of Sombrio Beach.
- Muir Creek west of Sooke with an exceptional stand of ancient Douglas firs, Sitka spruce and redcedars.

See more details on our media release at:
http://www.ancientforestalliance.org/news-item.php?ID=74

The CRD can purchase private forest lands using their parks acquisition fund (an annual fund that raises millions of dollars each year) for new regional parks. To protect public (Crown) lands which are managed by the province, the CRD and the BC government can negotiate the transfer of the management authority from the province to the regional district.

PLEASE take 5 minutes to WRITE to the CRD to protect the above listed old-growth forests, the surrounding forests as buffer zones, and all remaining old-growth forests in the CRD and the most endangered ecosystems (eg. Garry oak meadows). The last box, titled “Future Parks and Trail System” is the key box to fill-in. Go to their website at: http://crd.bc.ca/_contact/?l=parks_strategic


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