Have you visited Nanaimo’s Linley Valley? It is located in the northern section of the city. Only part of Linley Valley has been saved, known as PRC1.
A group of local residents, known as ‘Linley Valley West Team‘ headed by Joanne Jonas, is trying to push for an environmental corridor in the area known as AR2 (circled in purple) and some sections of R10. The brown areas, AR1 and AR2, are scheduled for development. The Linley Valley West Team is seeking to have the link of wetland areas and beaver ponds preserved as an ecological reserve.
You can sign a petition at a number of retail outlets in Nanaimo: Romper Room, Wild Bird Store, Front Runners, True Blue Pet Food Store, Pirate Chips, Thirsty Camel Restaurant, Smoke Zone, Columbia Bakery, More than Movies and Valhalla. If you would like to volunteer to collect signatures on the petition contact Edna: edna_chadwick(at)hotmail.com. Their goal is to collect 10,000 signatures.
A Channel News coverage by Jonathan Bartlett
Here is Joanne’s description of the West Side of Linley Valley area:
This area is a gem, it is wilderness right in the city of Nanaimo
“Ocean in front, mountains in the back, and the Linley Valley right in the centre. Linley Valley West deserves to remain as an undisturbed, natural area for all of the creatures that inhabit it, as well as for everyone to take pleasure in walking in a real wilderness park in the city.”
Take a walk in Linley Valley West
Visit the Facebook page “Save the Linley Valley West Side”
and see videos and pictures of the area.
Linley Valley Update April 2, 2012
Linley Valley Update December 4, 2012:
The City of Nanaimo has swapped land with School District 68. The illustration below shows their intent to construct Linley Valley Drive to Turner Road and also the intent by School District 68 to sell 6 acres behind Oliver Woods Community Centre for residential development.
March 2013: Linley Valley West group holds press conference
Linley Valley Biodiversity Report