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Skagit-Manning Donut Hole –Public Comment invited on Mineral Exploration Application

Skagit-Manning Donut Hole –Public Comment invited on Mineral Exploration Application

Submitted by Bev Ramey Bev@naturevancouver.ca Many of you are aware that logging occurred last year in what is known as the Manning-Skagit ‘Donut Hole’. The Donut Hole refers to the area not yet included within the parks but surrounded by Manning and Skagit Provincial Parks. This area has not yet received park designation due to an old mining claim, and the Skagit Environmental Endowment Commission is negotiating to buy out this claim. Government allowed logging to occur last year, but after…

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Iona Island Regional Park – Update

Iona Island Regional Park – Update

Future of Iona Wastewater Treatment Plant, wetlands and public facilities at Iona Island Regional Park Several Nature Vancouver members attended a public meeting in January and recently a stakeholder meeting regarding the future of the Iona Wastewater Treatment Plant. Metro Vancouver is required by law to upgrade the sewerage treatment and is seeking public input on the overall design, including wetlands and fit with Iona Island Regional Park. This is a major design and construction project, scheduled for over the next decade. …

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Jericho Lands

Jericho Lands

The City of Vancouver, the Musqueam-Squamish-Tsleil-Waututh Nations and the Canada Lands Company are co-hosting two events to launch the planning program for the future of the Jericho Lands.  Learn about the process and share your ideas. Saturday March 2, from noon to 4 pm and Thursday, March 7, from 4:30 to 7:30 pm, both at Jericho Hill Gymnasium. See more at www.vancouver.ca/Jericho-lands

Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project

Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project

The Fraser River has the largest estuary on North America’s Pacific Coast. This is Canada’s major stopover of the Pacific Flyway with millions of migrating birds travelling over 3 continents, including 20 countries. The estuary and surrounding watershed supports Canada’s largest populations of wintering waterfowl, shorebirds and birds of prey with global and local recognition: the most significant Important Bird Area (IBA) in Canada highest designation site under the Western Hemispheric Shorebird Reserve Network designation as 4 provincial Wildlife Management Areas…

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Iona Island Wastewater Treatment Plant Project

Iona Island Wastewater Treatment Plant Project

Metro Vancouver held a community workshop January 9, 2019 to gather views about the upgrade project.  Several Nature Vancouver members attended and provided input.  If you missed the workshop, you still have the opportunity to provide input by completing an online feedback form.  Find background information and the online feedback form HERE. Deadline to submit comments is January 25. Metro Vancouver will hold three more community workshops over the next year. Nature Vancouver members are encouraged to get involved.  This…

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Iona Island Wastewater Treatment Project

Iona Island Wastewater Treatment Project

The Iona Island Wastewater Treatment Plant, adjacent to Iona Beach Regional Park, is in the planning stages for a major new treatment plant.  This project will be a special interest to Nature Vancouver birders, given the numerous and sometimes unusual birds that currently use the sewerage treatment ponds.  Metro Vancouver is holding its first Community Workshop on Wednesday January 9, 2019, 6 to 8:30 pm, at 3688 Cessna Drive.  See details on Metro Vancouver website.

Proposed National Park Reserve in South Okanagan-Similkameen

Proposed National Park Reserve in South Okanagan-Similkameen

Parks Canada invites Canadians to discuss the proposed national park reserve in the South Okanagan-Similkameen.   Parks Canada is seeking input on the current proposed boundary and key aspects regarding management.  Deadline to submit comments is February 28, 2019.  Read more and find the survey at:  https://LetsTalkSouthOkanaganSimilkameen.ca/

Logging in Manning & Skagit Provincial Parks

Logging in Manning & Skagit Provincial Parks

Express your Concerns Nature Vancouver members may be aware that logging is taking place in the ‘donut hole’ surrounded by Manning and Skagit Provincial Parks. This logging is visible from Hwy #3, just east from Sumallo Grove. BC Timber Sales (BCTS) is inviting comments from stakeholder groups regarding proposals to expand the logging area.   You can email your concerns to: Qingcen.Cai@gov.bc.ca. Qingcen Cai is the Planning Forester with BC Timber Sales, in charge of receiving public comments. Copy your letter to your…

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