Save Byrne Creek Forest East

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The boundary of the entire property is: Southridge Drive (South) Byrnepark Drive (West)  Southwynde Avenue (North) and Southwynde Rainpark Walkway (East).  

The habitat is very steeply sloped and hosts mature trees such as Western Red Cedar. The RWC tree helps prevent mudslides from pouring down the steep slope because their deep roots stabilize the soil.  A mature cedar forest is much more efficient at preventing mudslides and water runoff than a cement block wall.

Barred owls make their home here.  A mated pair of Barred Owls produce juveniles every other year and need their home in which to hunt. This mated pair have no "boundary" to their home. They reside and hunt on both sides of of Byrnecreek Avenue. Local knowledge is, this tagged female Barred Owl was released into Byrnecreek forest from the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre.  She has a mate and had 3 owlets, in 2016.

Countless other species are slated for habitat destruction by earth moving equipment. These animal species include Red Squirrels, Cooper's Hawks and denning Coyote families. 

The City of Burnaby sees the cash potential of this forest for a housing development.  The following blogged entry of a Vancouver City Planner explains the problem with this unfortunate decision.

https://metrotownra.wordpress.com/2017/11/10/city-sale-of-natural-asset-is-a-developer-driven-bad-idea/

The City of Burnaby has not delivered a promised completed Environmental Assessment of this entire area, as per the *Edmonds Town Centre Plan September 26, 1994.  * Page 7 First Paragraph.

This housing development cannot buffer constant highway or skytrain noise from those transportation routes found at the perimeters of the property.

In this era of climate change and greenhouse effect, we petitioners agree that 6438 Byrnepark Drive should be combined with Byrne Woods Park, to keep the forest whole.

The purpose of this petition is to stop the development of this valuable forest habitat until such time as a full Environmental Assessment study is completed for, and to the citizens of Burnaby, so that the uniqueness of this habitat will never be disputed again. 

Thank you for adding your voice to this petition.

Click the link below for a walking tour from the entrance to Byrne Woods Park, walking south to 6439 Byrnepark Drive.   The walk east along the Right Of Way ends at Rain Garden Walk, which is the eastern boundary of both forest parcels.  The walk then turns north to where the Rain Garden Path meets Southwynde.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XiZt0rHcVXQ&feature=share

Thanks again, for taking a few minutes to make a difference.

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