SavePioneerForestDistrict of LantzvillePresentationJune 25, 2012by Pam Agnew
Objectives of Presentation1. Share facts about Pioneer Forest2. Explain what Pioneer Forest means toresidents3. Demonstrate commitment & importance ofkeeping Pioneer Forest a park4. Request Lantzville Mayor and Councilsconsideration and support: ● Letter to SD#68 ● Letter to City of Nanaimo
Pioneer ForestHistory:● 1913: Privately owned by Elizabeth and William Cook● 1960s/70: Province acquired?● 1984: Province gave land to City by way of a free Crown Grant, for as long as it is used as a park● 1996/7: Property was subdivided and SD#68 became owner of the forest with no condition● Nov. 2011: SD#68 & City sign 5-year license agreement● May 2012: City officially opened off-leash dog park (up to $75,000 spent on upgrades); City and SD#68 sought to correct a "housekeeping error" changing OCP designation from "park and open space" to "neighbourhood"
Pioneer Forest● Rare Coastal Douglas-fir ecosystem● Urban forest● Recreation: easily accessible for all● Community involvement● Balanced development● A good "fence" between Lantzville & Nanaimo: our commons● Health and well-being● Long-term community asset
2. What does Pioneer Park mean to residents?● Its my connection with nature. I cant drive, cant do stairs or walk on rocks● Its a big part of what makes Pioneer Park a recreational asset; removes pollutants, reconnects us with the land● Its why we bought our house; it was and is a park & the OCP has it as park and open space.● I have walked my dogs here for years
What does Pioneer Park mean to residents?● This forest is why I came back to Nanaimo● This is where I run every day and where my kids connect with nature● The value of this forest to the liveability of the area cannot be replaced● The land valuation is $960,000 -- 3 days of SD#68 salaries & benefits. Our forest is priceless.
3. Protecting Pioneer Forest● Within a week of aborted City of Nanaimo public meeting, 100 people gathered in the forest (June 14)● "Friends of Pioneer Forest" -- concerned people seeking engagement to find a permanent long-term solution to protect this forest as park● www.savepioneerforest.com
4. Goodwill support● Appreciate issue is outside the jurisdiction of the District of Lantzville● Also recognize that the impact is real to Lantzville including loss of green space, more noise, more pollutants, less pleasing aesthetics, loss to social, health and well-being of residents, decreased livability, negative impacts on property values● Appeal to Council to demonstrate support for the many residents immediately impacted by this decision● Please write letters supporting the protection of the forest to SD#68 and the City of Nanaimo