In the spirit of working together to keep natural places in urban spaces a group of Aldergrove residents,with some help from Watchers of Langley Forests(WOLF) are putting on some events to raise public awareness about the Creekside Forest in Aldergrove. This urban forest,owned by the Township of Langley, has been slated for development by the municipality. Township Council recently voted to rezone the property to allow a sixty-one lot subdivision. SEE THESE STORIES FOR BACKGROUND
On Saturday May 24 and Saturday May 31 10 am to 3pm members of WOLF will be giving free guided tours of the Creekside Forest located between Shortreed Elementary/Creekside Park and the Abbotsford border. This forest runs along Bertrand Creek on a Township owned property approximately between 26th and 28th Avenue. The tours will be an opportunity for the public to see for themselves this bit of wilderness so near to Aldergrove but so different than the urban spaces that mostly surround it.
The tours will start at Creekside Park (28th Ave and 274th St) just by the bridge that crosses Bertrand Creek.
Also on May 31 a family friendly event will run from 10am until 3pm at the Aldergrove Athletic Park under the covered picnic area.There will be an information station informing residents of Langley Township about the proposed development into our local forest. Residents can sign a petition in favour of stopping the development into the forest. There will be a craft, games,and facepainting stations for kids. Harriet the Owl will make an appearance for about an hour in the morning. Visitors can have their picture taken with the owl for $5. All money raised will be donated to WOLF.
Should the Township plans go through most of the forest will be cut down to make way for houses. The streamside setbacks required by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans will not allow this forest to survive as an intact ecosystem. Some trees will remain but this bit of natural space will be no longer be much of a forest.