Valley beautiful before development reared ugly head

I have lived here since the mid 1950s; at that time it was a verdant pasture.

Valley beautiful before development reared ugly head

Reading Bill Woollam’s letter about developers with their lack of compassion about the flora and fauna of our beautiful Valley.

I have lived here since the mid 1950s; at that time it was a verdant pasture. One of the early developers began that disaster that is Beverley Street, built on a flood plain. Also at that period, logging anywhere for subdivision was accepted by all councils, I estimate around about 10,000 acres, maybe more has been cut down since 1950s, for subdivision purposes: here a subdivision there a subdivision.

The increase in water consumption is never mentioned that these subdivisions require. Why and what for?

I do realize climate change is a problem that we can do little about, yet we could have done some preparation such as by doing very selective logging — clear cutting is total disaster — furthermore the shipping of timber, grown here, to other countries while our mills close is unconscionable, yet our governments condone it. The mechanics of soil culture have been totally ignored; stands of forest are a perfect water filtration system keeping the liquid cool, restraining the rain’s flow.

This information apparently does not concern the developers. Who remembers what a beautiful Valley this used to be before development reared its ugly head?

George Manners

Cowichan Bay

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