Tree-Sit: Blocking the Bear

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Tree Sit Established in Path of
Bear Mountain Interchange
by Ingmar Lee
LANGFORD, BC- Concerned citizens have erected a 'Tree Sit' adjacent to the 40-metre-long Langford Lake Cave, at the location of the proposed Bear Mountain Interchange on the Trans-Canada Highway. They are refusing to leave until the City of Langford abandons the controversial highway project. A press conference will take place Wednesday at 11:30am at the Tree Sit (access from cul-de-sac at the end of Leigh Road, the first right off Goldstream Avenue after Spencer School).

"We want ethical development now and we oppose the Bear Mountain Interchange," says Ingmar Lee, a member of the Coalition to Protect Goldstream Watershed. "Bear Mountain has blasted out the first phase of its 'mountain-top-removal' development plan with the existing access infrastructure. They now require a second access route to build out Phase 2, or "The Son of Bear Mountain."


The decision to establish the Tree Sit reflects the lack of transparency about the project. The BC Ministry of Transportation is demanding $2650 for 7800 pages of documents, requested through a Freedom of Information Request. Residential properties along Leigh Road have been purchased by the City of Langford to make way for the interchange; they are currently being rented on the condition that tenants vacate the premises on two-months notice.
 
"The massive Bear Mountain project epitomizes the worst sort of crude, unsustainable development," says Lee. "This hideous example of mountain-top-removal development in the beautiful Highland Hills near Victoria is totally unacceptable. The destruction of ecosystems and increased car travel is unethical at a time of climate change and other catastrophic environmental problems."

Lee says that the Douglas Fir forest in the vicinity of Langford Lake Cave is festooned with flagging tape, survey stakes and spray-paint, including the entrance to the speleologically significant cave. Lee finds this particularly disturbing in light of the desecration of a sacred cave near the Skirt Mountain summit by the Bear Mountain developers last December.

"This interchange will put more cars on the road, not less, and destroy endangered ecosystems and the Langford Lake Cave," says Lee. "That's why we're committed to stopping it."

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For further information, contact:

Ingmar Lee, Coalition to Protect Goldstream Watershed 
250-721-1386 / 250-818-6305


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Dear Friend of the Goldstream Watershed:


A Tree Sit has been established in the path of the proposed Bear Mountain Interchange, in the Douglas Fir forest next to Langford Lake Cave! It is located south of the Trans-Canada Highway before Goldstream Park.




Please SUPPORT this effort:


1. Attend the Solidarity BBQ - Friday, April 13 @ 5pm - All Welcome!
      (The best access is from the cul-de-sac at Leigh Road, the first right off Goldstream Avenue after Spencer School).


2. Visit the Tree Sit as often as possible to lend support


3. Lobby the Province (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and City of Langford (250-478-7882) urging them to abandon the project, which will allow more luxury development and mountain-top removal at Bear Mountain, while damaging rare ecosystems in the Goldstream Watershed and putting more cars on the road


4. Donate $$$ for supplies and also: rope, white tarps, camping supplies, food items


5. Spread the word to family, friends, and co-workers




PROTECT GOLDSTREAM WATERSHED
SUPPORT COMMUTER RAIL
STOP THE BEAR MOUNTAIN INTERCHANGE


Relevant websites:


http://www.spencerspond.ca
http://www.district.langford.bc.ca/documents/maps/PDF/proposed%20rds.pdf
http://www.firstnations.de/development.htm?06-1-coast-salish-1.htm
http://members.crcable.net/pumpkinpatch




For more information contact the Coalition to Protect Goldstream Watershed: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 250-388-3847
 

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