City to Add 50 Acres to Linley Valley Park - Update #8

In this edition of Save Linley's Hidden Ridge Campaign News:

  • Deal signed for City to purchase 50 Acres and expand Linley Valley Cottle Lake Park
  • What's next for the Save Linley's Hidden Ridge campaign & Linley Valley

celebrating an Expanded LinlEy Valley Park

Photo by Ron Clark

Photo by Ron Clark

The City of Nanaimo announced today the purchase of 50 acres of beautiful wilderness adjacent to Linley Valley Cottle Lake Park.  

The property, 5260 Tanya Drive, is the largest of the three properties that Save Linley's Hidden Ridge campaigned to protect and keep within the Urban Reserve.

In December last year, Council turned down a developer's application to amend the Official Community Plan (OCP) and build a mixed density neighbourhood development on these three properties. Now, after a period of negotiation, the City and the owners of 5260 Tanya Drive have reached an agreement for the City to purchase this 50 acre property and add it to Linley Valley Park.  

Save Linley's Hidden Ridge's team couldn't be more pleased and we want to share our excitement and gratitude with you. 

Today's announcement affirms that citizens can make a real and valuable contribution to making our communities a healthy and sustainable place to live.  We believe that the 2,743 citizens who signed the Save Linley's Hidden Ridge Petition were instrumental in establishing a mandate for Council, not only to deny the OCP amendment, but to purchase this property and protect the whole valley. 

Save Linley's Hidden Ridge would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who committed to making this day possible, especially City Council, City Staff, the Save Linley's Hidden Ridge  volunteers and everyone who signed the petition, shared our posts, and spread the word. 

What's Next

The Save Linley's Hidden Ridge petition had three requests of Nanaimo City and Council:

Photo by Ron Clark

Photo by Ron Clark

  1. Reject the developer’s applications to a) amend the Official Community Plan; b) remove the land from the Urban Reserve; and, c) have it rezoned for a steep slope subdivision.
  2. Add the 72 acre Hidden Ridge land to the existing Linley Valley Cottle Lake Park; and,
  3. Work with the citizens of Nanaimo to develop a comprehensive plan for Linley Valley and the surrounding neighbourhoods;

With goals one and two (mostly) accomplished, it is time to work with the City Parks Department on a Park Plan that will maintain the ecological integrity of Linley Valley, not only for the health and well being of Nanaimo's citizens, but also for the wildlife that calls Linley Valley home.

Members of the Save Linley's Hidden Ridge Steering Committee met in April with the Director of Parks, Richard Harding, Parks and Open Space Planner, Kirsty MacDonald, and Environmental Planner, Rob Lawrence, to discuss plans for the development of an official Park Plan for Linley Valley. We received an open and genuine welcome to work with the City in the planning process.    We believe that with today's announcement, and our very positive meeting, there is truly an opportunity for citizens to engage proactively in this planning process.  

Your voice matters  

Please stay tuned for more information about how you can support the next phase of protecting this Nanaimo gem for generations to come. 

Thank you everyone

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A Day to Celebrate - Update #7

In this edition of Save Linley's Hidden Ridge Campaign News:

  • Celebrating Council's unanimous rejection of OCP Amendment Application
  • "Thank You" all around

Council unanimously Rejects applicaton to develop Linley's Hidden Ridge

Photo by Ron Clark

Photo by Ron Clark

Today is a day to celebrate and extend gratitude, having reached a pivotal milestone in the Campaign to Save Linley's Hidden Ridge.    

We are delighted with the unanimous decision Monday night (December 18, 2017) by Nanaimo City Councillors  Armstrong, Bestwick, Brennan, Fuller, Yoachim, Kipp, Thorpe and Mayor McKay to reject the developer's Application to amend the OCP, and remove 72 acres of beautiful wilderness from the Urban Land Reserve, which would have paved the way for a subdivision development.   This was our first "ask" on the petition.  

The four Save Linley's Hidden Ridge delegations spoke eloquently and professionally, not only identifying the procedural reasons why the application should be turned down and the impacts on the surrounding neighbourhood, but also articulating the ecological and societal reasons why protecting these lands is the right thing to do.  A video of the proceedings is posted on the City website if you would like to watch the presentations and the discussion among the Councillors (1 hour, 29 minutes; starting at 8:59 pm on the video).  

While this was the first, and pivotal, step in protecting Linley's Hidden Ridge, we remain committed to asking City Council to act on our second and third petition requests:  

  • Work with the citizens of Nanaimo to develop a comprehensive plan for Linley Valley and the surrounding neighbourhoods; and,
  • Add the 72 acre Hidden Ridge land to the existing Linley Valley Cottle Lake Park.

We heard many positive statements from Councillors that would indicate they appreciate the ecological sensitivity of these lands and the health and environmental services that intact ecosystems provide to our community.  Councillor Brennan asked that City staff explore options to acquire these properties and add them to the existing Linley Valley Cottle Lake Park.  So while we are very hopeful, we know that it is necessary to continue our campaign to Save Linley's Hidden Ridge, and hope that you too will remain engaged and supportive.

Many, Many Thanks

A lot of hard work, time and energy contributed to the success of Save Linley's Hidden Ridge campaign thus far.  We would like to recognize and express our gratitude for the wonderful contributions of: 

Linley's Hidden Ridge "Serenity Trail"     Photo by Ron Clark

Linley's Hidden Ridge "Serenity Trail"

Photo by Ron Clark

  • The volunteers who dedicated their time and energy knocking on doors and attending farmer's markets handing out "Your Voice Matters" flyers and collecting petition signatures.
  • Poet and writer Jay Ruzesky, Bagpiper Barb Christofferson and photographer Amber Morrison for donating their time to lead our summer "Art In The Park" workshops.
  • Myriam Verzat for bringing a creative and fresh approach to our social media presence with her memes and inspiring quotes.
  • Trevor Cooper for his graphic design of our logo and event posters
  • Michele from Island Roots Market and Krista from Cedar Market for allowing us to petition at the market.
  • Sherry Mauro and the Lost Lake Neighbourhood Association.
  • Barry Lyseng and the Stephenson Point Neighbourhood Association.
  • Roberta Mancini - one of the sfirst residents along Lost Lake Road and a champion for this neighbourhood, speaking as another delegation to Council on Monday night.

and Importantly

  • Each of the 2,712 people who had signed the petition before Monday's Council meeting.
  • Everyone who shared our blogs, petition, and FaceBook posts, and wrote letters supporting the Campaign to the Mayor and Councillors.
  • Everyone who came out to the Council Meeting Monday night to demonstrate your commitment to protecting the Linley Valley ecosystem and all its inhabitants. 

and finally

  • Councillors Armstrong, Bestwick, Brennan, Fuller, Yoachim, Kipp, Thorpe and Mayor McKay, who not only voted to reject the Application, but also recognize the importance of protecting Linley Valley.
  • City Staff for their professional assistance in helping Save Linley's Hidden Ridge navigate the complexities of the municipal bureaucracy, rules and policies.
Linley's Hidden Ridge Trail the day after Council's decision.  At peace for today.         Photo by Marilyn Hargreaves

Linley's Hidden Ridge Trail the day after Council's decision.  At peace for today.  

 Photo by Marilyn Hargreaves

 

 

 

Wishing you peace, fellowship and the gifts of nature this holiday season

Save Linley's Hidden Ridge Steering Committee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your voice matters

We continue to encourage you to: 

  • Write to the Mayor and Council (Mayor&Council@nanaimo.ca) expressing gratitude for their courage and wisdom to reject this OCP Amendment, and reaffirming the need to work with Nanaimo's citizens to develop a comprehensive plan for the protection of Linley Valley and to acquire these lands to add them to the existing Linley Valley Cottle Lake Park.
  • Let others know about the Save Linley's Hidden Ridge campaign and sign the petition so that our collective voice only becomes stronger.  

Council Meets Monday December 18th - Update #6

In this edition of Save Linley's Hidden Ridge Campaign News:

  • Council Meeting Details & Agenda
  • Save Linley's Hidden Ridge Delegation & Presentation
  • Save Linley's Hidden Ridge Report to Council
  • How you can show your support to Save Linley's Hidden Ridge

Your Support is Needed at City Council Monday

City Council will meet to decide on the fate of Linley Valley:

Monday, December 18th @ 7:00 pm

Vancouver Island Conference Centre

Shaw Auditorium

80 Commercial Street, Nanaimo

Save Linley's Hidden Ridge is asking all supporters to attend to show Council that you do not support this OCP Amendment Application or the development of these properties. 

Meme by Myriam Verzat   www.myriamverzat.com

 

Save Linley's Hidden Ridge Delegation 

Photograph by Ron Clark

Four delegates from the Save Linley's Hidden Ridge campaign will make a presentation to City Council about:  

  • the results of the public campaign and petition;
  • how this application contravenes OCP policy;
  • the inadequacies in the Developer's Application;
  • neighbourhood concerns about traffic and safety; and
  • the irreplaceable ecological and cultural value of Linley Valley and its Parks

We will also present to Council a way forward to protect Nanaimo's gem - Linley Valley.

 

Save Linley's hidden Ridge Report

Save Linley's Hidden Ridge team summarized their research and analysis, the results of the petition campaign and the reasons why this application should be rejected in a report delivered to each Councillor on December 8, 2017.   We invite you to review the report by clicking on the button here. 


How YOU CAN support SLHR at council on Monday, December 18

  • Come to the Council Meeting - let's fill the auditorium (details above)
  • Have your voice heard - apply to appear as a delegation or have your questions answered (too late - deadline has passed)
  • Email and phone the Councillors and Mayor at Mayor&Council@Nanaimo.ca (see City contact page)
  • Sign the Petition if you haven't already done so, and encourage your friends and neighbours to do the same.  Sharing is caring. 

To learn more about the proposed development visit the Save Linley's Hidden Ridge website visit www.savelinleyshiddenridge.org  


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Decision Time Monday, December 18th - Linley's Hidden Ridge Campaign News #5

In this edition of Save Linley's Hidden Ridge Campaign News:

  • Petition Signatures Now at 2,200+
  • CONFIRMED City Council to Vote on December 18th 
  • Contacting Council and Attending the Council Meeting

Petition Update - Spread the Word

2,200 Signatures and Growing

We have a stack of paper petitions and a long list of online petitions already in hand for Council on Monday.  However, to make the biggest impact on City Council we encourage everyone to share this blog as we make a last appeal for petition signatures. 

Photograph by Ron Clark

 

Confirmed City Council to Decide on December 18th

Calling nature loving citizens?

We are now at a critical point in the Campaign to Save Linley's Hidden Ridge.  Nanaimo Council will meet on Monday, December 18th, and will decide either to reject or approve the OCP Amendment Application for the Linley Valley Hidden Ridge properties.  

Photograph by Ron Clark

We are hoping that we can count on you, our Save Linley's Hidden Ridge supporters, to attend the Council meeting on 18th December to show City Council that Nanaimo citizens care about protecting what land remains in this urban wilderness.  

Save Linley's Hidden Ridge campaign believes that protecting the integrity of Linley Valley and its parks is of the utmost urgency. This Valley contains rare ecosystems and species at-risk, and provides our City with irreplaceable ecological services and recreational opportunities. Not to mention that removing these lands from the Urban Reserve goes against OCP policy and does not address Nanaimo's real housing needs. 

 

How YOU CAN support SLHR at council on Monday, December 18

To learn more about the proposed development visit the Save Linley's Hidden Ridge website visit www.savelinleyshiddenridge.org  


Save Linley's Hidden Ridge Campaign News #4

In this edition of Save Linley's Hidden Ridge Campaign News:

  • Petition Update - 2,000+ People Say NO to Proposed Development
  • Nanaimo's CPD Committee Recommends Rejection of the OCP Amendment Application
  • City Council to Decide on December 18th Whether OCP Amendment Proceeds  
  • Your Voice Matters - Details on Contacting Council and Attending the Council Meeting

Meme by Myriam Verzat, Environmental       Educator, Artist and Facilitator www.myriamverzat.com

Petition Update

2,000 SIGNATURES and growing

Thanks to everyone who has signed the petition already, and to our very committed SLHR volunteer canvassers, we now have over 2,000 petition signatures.  A canvassing blitz is planned for this weekend (December 9 & 10) in the Stephenson Point/Hammond Bay neighbourhood.

We have also had a huge burst of online petition signatures with the launch of volunteer Myriam Verzat's Meme campaign on FaceBook.  

With everyone's help to share this News Blog and our Facebook Petition post, we have a good chance of reaching our goal of 3,000 petition signatures by the December 18th City Council meeting. 

 

A big win for SLHR Campaign

CPDC Recommends Rejection of OCP Amendment

On November 29th, Nanaimo's Community Planning and Development Committee (CPDC) voted unanimously to recommend that Nanaimo City Council not approve the Developer's application to amend the Official Community Plan (OCP), which would pave the way for the development of Linley's Hidden Ridge, 72 acres in all.  

The Lost Lake Neighbourhood Association (LLNA) was permitted to participate in the discussions at this CPDC meeting, and also provided a brief presentation and extensive written report prepared by the Save Linley's Hidden Ridge (SLHR) campaign.  Representatives of the LLNA and SLHR together presented a strong case as to why this OCP Amendment Application does not comply with the OCP amendment process and objectives, and has the potential to negatively impact the existing ecology and wilderness of Linley Valley Cottle Lake Park.  

Meme by Myriam Verzat, Environmental       Educator, Artist and Facilitator www.myriamverzat.com

We were also able to share with the CPDC the results of our recent door-to-door petition canvassing blitz in the Lost Lake Neighbourhood area. Over 80% of the residents contacted, immediately agreed to sign the petition.

Nanaimo residents, from north to south, as well as Vancouver Island residents in communities from Victoria, to Port Alberni and Comox have spoken loud and clear with over 2,000 signatures on the petition.  Oh, and a few visitors from Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and PEI we have met on the trails in Linley Valley have signed too!

 

City Council to Decide on December 18th

Can you come out in support?

We are now at a critical point in the Campaign to Save Linley's Hidden Ridge.  We have been told that at the Nanaimo Council meeting on Monday, December 18th, our City Councillors and Mayor will decide either to reject or approve the OCP Amendment Application during the 1st and 2nd Readings followed by a vote. If they reject it at this Council meeting, the application dies. This is the outcome we want!

If City Council votes to approve it on December 18th, then the proposed OCP amendment would go to a "Public Hearing". After the Hearing, it would go back to City Council for the final 3rd and 4th Readings and votes. If approved at the 4th reading, the Bylaw change would be adopted and 72 acres of Linley Valley would be deforested and developed. 

We are hoping that we can count on you, our Save Linley's Hidden Ridge supporters, to attend the Council meeting on 18th December to show City Council that Nanaimo citizens care about protecting what land remains in this urban wilderness.  See below for details and how to register to speak. 

Meme by Myriam Verzat, Environmental       Educator Artist and facilitator www.myriamverzat.com

In addition to the destruction of 72 acres of beautiful forest, wetlands and ridges, and the negative impacts on the local neighborhood, approval of this application would be in contravention of key goals and policies in the City's OCP. This would also set a dangerous precedent for future development that disregards the commitments made to Nanaimo citizens in the OCP.

One of the requirements to remove land from the Urban Reserve designation, is that an Area Plan be developed first. There is no Area Plan for this part of Nanaimo.  Another requirement is that there be a need for more land for new housing. Both north and south Nanaimo have many acres of vacant land that is already zoned for residential without taking land from the Urban Reserve. City staff have also confirmed that Nanaimo's population is currently below the forecasts used to develop the OCP.

The Advisors that sit on the CPDC rightly pointed out that developing these 72 acres will not address two other key issues for Nanaimo - housing affordability and accessibility. Advisors emphasized the importance of creating affordable housing (both rental and to buy) that is accessible to community services and amenities without the need to always use a car. The concern about the long term cost to all Nanaimo citizens to maintain the additional infrastructure to supply City services was also raised at the meeting.

Save Linley's Hidden Ridge campaign believes that protecting the integrity of Linley Valley and its parks is of the utmost urgency because the Valley contains rare ecosystems and species at-risk, and because it provides our City with irreplaceable ecological services and recreational values. We agree that removing these lands from the Urban Reserve goes against OCP policy and does not address Nanaimo's real housing needs. 

 

How YOU CAN support SLHR at council on Monday, December 18

To learn more about the proposed development visit the Save Linley's Hidden Ridge website visit www.savelinleyshiddenridge.org  


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MEME's - Thanks to Myriam Verzat

Many thanks to Myriam and her team for bringing such enthusiasm and talent to the Save Linley's Hidden Ridge campaign.  

Design by Myriam Verzat, Environmental Educator, Artist and Facilitator (www.myriamverzat.com); 

Photos by Ron Clark, Sylvie Côté and Myriam Verzat; 

Dancers: Giselle Audirac, Valentina Cardinalli, Samantha Letourneau, Amie Alexis and Myriam Verzat

Save Linley's Hidden Ridge Campaign News #3

In this edition of Save Linley's Hidden Ridge Campaign News:

  • Door-to-Door Canvassers Hear Residents' Concerns
  • Development Details Now Posted on City Website 

Door-to-Door Canvassers Hear Residents' Concerns

With few exceptions, the people that our volunteer canvassers talk to are concerned about the impacts on the quality of life in the Lost Lake neighbourhood, especially the safety impacts related to increased traffic and access to emergency services. The impact on the Linley Valley ecosystem is another major concern of residents.  With this kind of response, our volunteers are keen to extend their efforts to other neighbourhoods surrounding Linley Valley.

Surprisingly, many local residents aren't aware of the wonderful walking and biking trails in their very backyard.  

Whether it is concerns about the neighbourhood and the recreational enjoyment of Linley Valley, or the desire to protect this valuable and diverse ecosystem, residents are overwhemingly happy to sign the petition either at the doorstep or through the website link. 

We encourage you to share this news blog or visit our FaceBook page and share with your friends and groups. 

 

DEVELOPMENT DETAILS NOW POSTED 

The Developer's revised application has now been posted on the City of Nanaimo "What's Building" website.  While the application to amend the Official Community Plan (OCP), removing these properties from the Urban Reserve, remains, what is surprising is that this revised application no longer includes an application to rezone these properties to steep slope development.  Why?  Of course we do not know, but we do wonder if it is to save the costs and time of submitting the studies and plans required of a rezoning application. Once removed from the Urban Reserve there are fewer barriers to proceeding to development. Details about moving from concept to construction will now not be available for consideration. 

Subdivision concept plan as submitted by the Developer to the City of Nanaimo

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Anyone who lives in the Lost Lake area has experienced years of blasting and construction traffic from the new subdivisions at the west end of Linley Valley, and off Dewar Road. They know how difficult it would be to build on the steep, rocky land that is the Hidden Ridge. The properties that the application covers are some of the most beautiful, yet steep, rocky slopes on the northern boundary of Linley Valley Cottle Lake Park. Residents can expect many years of blasting and large trucks rumbling along Lost Lake Road. 

The Save Linley's Hidden Ridge website has been updated with additional details about the Developer's application, extracted  from the information accessible on the City of Nanaimo website.  Highlighted on our page is the subdivision conceptual plan, and links to the biophysical assessment and off-site traffic upgrade plan.  

To learn more visit the Save Linley's Hidden Ridge website "Development Details" page. 

Save Linley's Hidden Ridge Campaign News

In this edition of Save Linley's Hidden Ridge Campaign News:

  • Developer Submits Revised Proposal
  • Door-to-Door Petition Canvassing Begins in Lost Lake Neghbourhood
  • Species At-Risk in Linley Valley

Developer Submits Revised Proposal

In the spring of 2017, the City of Nanaimo determined that the Developer's original application to amend the Official Community Plan and Rezone the properties at 5260, 5280 and 5300 Tanya Drive was incomplete.  After months of waiting, a revised application has been received by the City.  While we won't know the details of the application until the City posts it to the What's Building webpage, we do understand that this application is likely to be reviewed by the Community Planning and Development Committee in November thereby paving the way to the proposal to go to City Council for 1st and 2nd reading in December.

Time is of the essence to collect signatures on the petition asking City Council to reject this development or any changes to the Official Community Plan that threatens the integrity of Linley Valley Cottle Lake Park and impacts the Lost Lake and surrounding neighbourhoods.  

Door-to-Door Petition Canvassing Begins in Lost Lake Neighbourhood

Volunteers took to the Lost Lake Neighbourhood streets Friday evening for the launch of our door-to-door canvassing to hand out information flyers and gather signatures on the paper petitions that will be presented to City Council during the hearing of this application.  

With signatures now over 1000, the public voice to reject taking these properties out of the Urban Land Reserve and to add them to the existing Linley Valley Cottle Lake Park is growing.  Our goal is to cover all the neighbourhoods surrounding Linley Valley - but we urgently need more volunteers.  If you have even a few hours to spare, please consider volunteering to canvass a neighbourhood.  And share the online petition.

Protecting the Habitat of Species At-Risk

Thanks to Ron Clark, Save Linley's Hidden Ridge official photographer and walker, two special species needing our protection have been identified, before their habitat is lost forever. 

Northern Reg-legged Frog

Northern Red-legged Frog (July 20, 2017)

A Northern Red-legged Frog on the trail beside the wetlands at the bottom of Tanya Drive. Northern Red-legged Frogs (Rana aurora) are a native species that have declined in some parts of their range due to habitat degradation and loss from agriculture, urban development and forestry. Northern Red-legged Frogs are nationally listed as Special Concern by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) and they are on the provincial Blue List.

Pacific Sidband Snail

Some wild animals in the park don’t attract much attention. They are seldom noticed. They are not furry or feathery, or cute or pretty. Such is the Pacific sideband snail. This one was crossing the path in the Linley Valley forest during a most refreshing morning rainfall (Sept 9, 2017).

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Endemic (“endemic” means it’s found nowhere else) to the Pacific Coast of North America, the shell has 6.5 to 7 whorls with a thin black line along the bottom of each whorl, and a shell diameter of 3.5 cm+ makes it the largest land snail in BC. The body of this snail is rosy-pink or pinkish-brown and the surface of the flesh looks deeply wrinkled or “pebbly” in texture. Two long delicate retractable tentacles come out of its forehead, and two short ones come out on either side of its mouth. The longer "forehead" tentacles end in eyes. The lower pair is the snail’s "nostrils". A slow moving animal, it travels at a snail’s pace, and can live up to six years.

Just in case you were wondering about their sex life, snails are simultaneous hermaphrodites, that is, they have both male and female sex organs at the same time!

Loss and fragmentation of habitat has greatly reduced the snail’s population, and it is blue listed (Special Concern) in British Columbia.

Campaign Updates

Petition Progress

700+ and Counting

Through our presence at the Bowen and Cedar Farmer's Markets, our online petition, and our Facebook Page and website, we now have over 700 signatures on the petition.

Our volunteers have been busy handing out "Your Voice Matters" information bulletins, chatting with concerned citizens of Nanaimo and visitors to our beautiful city, and collecting signatures.  At each event, we hear how much people care about protecting green spaces within our communities, and not just cultivated parks, but true natural ecosystems.  

 
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Save Linley's Hidden Ridge Campaign collects signatures at the Bowen and Cedars Farmers Market 


Rezoning Application Status

The application to remove 72 acres of wilderness from the Urban Land Reserve in Linley Valley by Broadview Developments Inc. was deemed incomplete by the City of Nanaimo in the spring.  We make regular calls to City staff to enquire about the status of the application.  As of September 21, 2017, we were told the City has not yet received the revised application.  Not wanting to be caught flat-footed, the campaign to Save Linley's Hidden Ridge is still in high gear.  Stay tuned for updates.  


Art in the Valley awarness Events

What a wonderful summer of exploring the Arts in the Valley!  The Campaign to Save Linley's Hidden Ridge hosted three wonderful art events: 

Poets meet at Burma Road entrance to Linley Valley Cottle Lake Park

Poets meet at Burma Road entrance to Linley Valley Cottle Lake Park

Writing the Wild with Jay ruzesky 

Acclaimed novelist, poet, filmmaker and adventure writer

On a lovely Sunday morning July 23, we explored the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and textures of the natural richness that is Linley Valley Cottle Lake Park.  

Jay lead the group on an exploratory walk, explaining how to experience the forest ecosystem with more than just our eyes.

 We were delighted when one of our enthusiastic supporters, pointed out a resident Barred Owl.  He or she seemed oblivious to our excitement, perched on a low fir branch.

Arriving at Cottle Lake, Jay lead us through some fun exercises, exploring metaphors and the craft of creating poetic verse.  Then, challenging us to find inspiration from our experience of connecting with nature in new ways, set us the task of crafting poetic verse.  A few of the morning's poems are posted on our FaceBook page.

 

Music At Sunset with Barb Christofferson

A magical sunset with Bagpiper Barb and Save Linley's Hidden Ridge supporters

A magical sunset with Bagpiper Barb and Save Linley's Hidden Ridge supporters

Island Baggerpiper from Cobble Hill

Save Linley's Hidden Ridge supporters came out on August 22 for an early evening stroll through the forest, along the west Linley ponds and up to the West Linley Ridge for a surprise musical treat. The haunting sounds of bagpipes echoed through the forest as the supporters reached the West Linley Ridge just in time to delight in a beautiful sunset.  

 

 

Art Photography with Amber Morrison

VIU Visual Art Graduate and Creative Writing Student.  

On a crisp September 10th morning Amber Morrison led a group of keen photographers on a hike through the emerging fall colours of the Linley Valley.  Enticing everyone to see the Valley in new ways with a game of photography bingo and her artist's eye. 

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What's Next

Door to Door petition campaign planning underway

With the possibility that the Developer's application will be resubmitted for review at any time, the Campaign to Save Linley's Hidden Ridge team is currently planning a door-to-door campaign to inform residents in all the neighbourhoods that surround Linley Valley about the proposed development and gather more signatures for the Petition

"Many hands make light work."

We need to send a strong message to City Council.  To cover as many homes and obtain as many signatures as possible, we are looking for volunteers to assist with this critical job.  If you would like to donate a few hours to assist click "VOLUNTEERS NEEDED" link.  Our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you to arrange a schedule and location.