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General · 16th June 2013
susan westren

Last year we on Quadra raised $200,000 toward the purchase of the crucial property that lies between Small Inlet and Octopus Islands Provincial Marine Parks. The
original date for completion of the acquisition by BC Parks was September 30, 2012. Throughout this past year, a variety of possible funding sources fell through and Parks has been unable to secure the amount needed to complete the purchase. The deadline was first changed to December 31, 2012 and then to March 31, 2013 and
the sale agreement is now defunct. The owner has made a verbal commitment to
honour the agreement but only until August 1, 2013. The property is already on the market.

The only way that we can save the land from logging or development is to
persuade the new Provincial Government to find the cash necessary to complete
the purchase. Two thirds of what is needed has been found, through donations
such as ours and through land trades. The province thus far has put up very
little cash.

Your help is needed to let the new Environment Minister Mary Polak know how
important this purchase is. Please write her a letter with copies to Christy Clark, Naomi Yamamoto and Claire Trevena. A letter or email personally composed has the most impact but if thats not possible, go to the Sierra BC website, and sign their letter adding your personal comments.

Some details which could be pointed out are that the proposed park is part of one of the most popular marine wilderness destinations on B.C.’s coast, and has been on the top of B.C. Parks' acquisition list for over a decade. The property features an historic trail connecting the east and west shores of Quadra Island at its narrowest point. The area, with freshwater lakes and spectacular waterways, offers terrific hiking, camping and kayaking opportunities and contains important archaeological sites, including the portage trail and an aboriginal clam garden - one of the best preserved sites of its kind on the coast.

Here are the addresses

Mary Polak
Minister of Environment
102 - 20611 Fraser Highway
Langley BC  V3A 4G4

Christy Clark
Box 9041, station Prov. Govt
Victoria BC V8V 1X4

Naomi Yamamoto
103 - 126 East 15th St
North Vancouver V7L 2P9

Claire Trevena
908 Island Highway
Campbell River  V9W 2C3