Re: 20 acres of Burnaby park could be converted from wetlands to waste facility
I hope this email finds you well. I am writing to express my deep concern and opposition to the proposed Green Recycling Organic Waste facility in Fraser Foreshore Park. As a resident of Burnaby, I believe it is our responsibility to protect and preserve our natural parks and environments for future generations to enjoy.
The proposed facility would destroy a significant portion of the sensitive ecosystem in Fraser Foreshore Park, impacting the well-being of the diverse range of wildlife that call the park home. The development would carve out 21 acres from the park, affecting nearly 20 acres of wetland habitat, including swamps, marshes, and 6 acres of forest. This would be a devastating loss to the ecosystem and the wildlife that depends on it for survival.
There is an outflow into the Fraser River just south of the proposed area. This outflow is guaranteed to be affected by the planned facility as the facility sits on top of the outflow. By clearing 21 acres of land here could result in pollution entering the Fraser River harming our already fragile ecosystem. This is one of the very rivers where our BC salmons swim up to spawn. Any removal of the natural environment in this area will harm the river and affect all wildlife.
The proposed location is also a natural part of the protected ecological reserve. This area is called Estuary Nature Area and contains a diverse habitat of wildlife. The diversity of this area includes ducks, herons, eagles, hawks, owls, mice, voles, shrews, rabbits, frogs, salamanders, beavers, coyotes, skunks, raccoons, invertebrates, fish, aquatic vegetation, and various types of trees including mature cottonwood trees. This nature area is essential for barn owls to stay and nest.
Fraser Foreshore Park is a vital part of our community, offering a chance for residents to connect with nature and escape the hustle and bustle of daily life. It is a unique and precious ecosystem, teeming with diverse wildlife and vegetation. The proposed facility would have a profound and lasting impact on the park and the surrounding area, and I strongly believe it is our duty to protect it.
I understand the importance of recycling and waste management, but I do not believe that Fraser Foreshore Park is the right location for this facility. I strongly urge you to reconsider this proposal and find alternative locations that will not destroy such a valuable and important natural area. I am willing to take an active role in finding alternative solutions and am available for further discussion.
As a resident of this community, I feel a deep connection to Fraser Foreshore Park, and I implore you to do everything in your power to protect it. I look forward to your prompt response and your commitment to preserving this beautiful and irreplaceable park for future generations.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Editor's note: The Burnaby NOW has received an abundance of letters from readers regarding the proposed organic waste facility in Fraser Foreshore Park, including the above form letter. Names above reflect those readers who sent us this letter separately.