Plea for Glen Valley forest from Vancouver
Editor: I have sent the following letter to Langley Townhip Mayor Jack Froese:
I wish to support the preservation of the forested area of McLellan Park East on 257A Street, that is slated to be sold as five-acre lots.
It is worth noting that, until a little more than 100 years ago, Langley Township was forested with primary virgin forest, of which none remains. Now, the land is either agricultural, industrial land or housing.
Of the logged primary forest, there is scant remaining. The forested land in question is arguably the closest to the original and also is, arguably, the most beautiful piece of land remaining in Langley and the western Fraser Valley.
If not pristine first growth forest, it does at least retain most of the original forest floor plants and insect species. This wonderful forest is presently under the ownership of the people of Langley.
We are aware of the level of vision required of the Vancouver city officials who saved Stanley Park for the generations, at that time, unborn. I believe a similar level of vision is now required of the current Langley municipal government.
Vision is now required to save this remaining piece of Langley forest, and to imagine how it will grow and flourish for the pleasure of our descendants 200 to 300 years into the future.
The stumps in the forest speak of many 100-year-old trees that grew there until recent times.
Given protection and sufficient time, the trees that are now growing will, in a few hundred years, return the forest to old growth. That would be a wonderful legacy to leave to Langley’s future inhabitants.
As already stated: McLellan Park East is already owned by the people of Langley Township, so to now compel the people to pay $3 million to preserve that asset, seems a very unfortunate policy.
Raising $3 million to pay for a $30 million swimming pool will very soon be a forgotten budgetary item. Preserving a piece of original forest will be a long-lasting legacy, and a gift to future Langley residents.
I write as one who raised a family in Langley Township for 18 years.