Save the Red Cedar Forest in Courtenay

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In Courtenay (Comox Valley, BC), a real estate development project threatens a western red cedar forest, which has been used by thousands of East Courtenay citizens, for the past 50 years. This forest, appreciated by all, has walking and cycling trails and has tremendous ecological diversity.

Due to the high-density volume of housing projects already, particularly close to North Island College and Hospital, there needs to be a balance of man and nature, now more than ever.  We all know the importance of safeguarding our green and fragile environments, especially in the heart of our cities which are developing at a very rapid pace. 

A large part of the property consists of wetlands favorable to the growth of red cedars, very important in these times of climate change. There are very few places like this in the heart of Courtenay.

Also, for more than 50 years, citizens of all ages and interests have benefited from this forest. Young people, the elderly, families, students, bird watchers, and nature lovers have always been walking there. The trails also allow people to avoid the busy boulevard.

We are extremely fortunate to have such a jewel of green space in the city, to marvel at the huge trees, especially the western red cedars, which are sacred to the First Nation people of the west coast of B.C.

It is urgent now to fight this environmental crime and save this forest for future generations, please help us save the western red cedar forest in the heart of Courtenay.

Vickie Kuruz,
Courtenay, B.C.