Private land, provincial land, and Juan de Fuca Park
Neglect of the park creates hazards for visitors and damage to wildlife habitat.
After the fact, provincial officials told us that these changes means more protection for the park, but the reality is the three private parcels have been leveled completely and clearcut to within twenty meters of the park boundary. The logging has damaged wildlife habitat and also opened the park to the risk of landslides, erosion, and blowdown causing more trees to fall and slide within the park.
If the land owned by the province eventually becomes Pacheedaht treaty land, as officials are suggesting, that is even more reason to pause and consider the heritage values of the land and the potential for restoring the giant douglas firs, hemlocks, and cedars that once shielded the park, providing shade, food, and habitat for deer, elk, mink, marten, songbirds and human beings.
Park-lovers and supporters are pushing government and agencies to get onside: take steps to stop the erosion, restore the park, and prevent future damage.
This petition is being delivered to these elected leaders:
Premier Christy Clark: firstname.lastname@example.org
NDP leader John Horgan: John.email@example.com
Green Party leader Andrew Weaver: Andrew.firstname.lastname@example.org
Pacheedaht First Nation chief councillor Jeff Jones: email@example.com
Capital Regional District chair Barbara Desjardins: firstname.lastname@example.org
Juan de Fuca Regional Director Mike Hicks: email@example.com