One of our top concerns as a society is to achieve the protection of Sixty Acres of Coastal Douglas fir forest at the northern end of Long Lake Road.
The land is owned by the Snuneymuxw First Nation. We respect their legal ownership of the land, and their need to obtain a decent return on their investment.
We also value and appreciate their ancient traditional ownership and stewardship of all of the lands in the Yellow Point area.
Why The Sixty Acres is So Special
This land was ancient old growth forest until it was logged 80 years ago, and it has been basically undisturbed ever since.
For many years, people have used this area of forest as a place to find balance and calm their souls in its shade and sunlit bluffs, rediscovering the feeling that they are part of the land. There appears to be a presence on the land, and we sense that it might have been this way for generations, long before the white man’s arrival. We believe that this presence has a guiding concern for what happens on the land.
Ecologically, the Sixty Acres is part of the Coastal Douglas-fir biogeoclimatic zone. Confined to a small area on south-eastern Vancouver Island, this is the smallest and most at-risk zone in BC, and is of noted conservation concern, with the highest diversity of plant species in BC and the highest diversity of over-wintering bird species in Canada. Deforestation and urbanization has resulted in fragmentation, placing the ecological integrity of the zone at high risk. Only a fraction of the zone is protected.
The Sixty Acres forest also protects the watershed, which protects the water that local residents and wildlife depend on. All of the water used by residents in the Yellow Point area comes from groundwater, so protection of the forest is of the utmost importance.
The Sixty Acres lies at the heart of a large area of relatively undisturbed forest that runs from the ocean at Yellow Point Lodge, through Yellow Point Park and Ecological Reserve to the Wildwood Ecoforest, Quennell Lake, and Hemer Park, creating a connected ecological corridor.
Two long riparian zones cross the land at an angle, making development of the central area between the riparian zones complex and costly due to the need for riparian protection and bridges.
Our hope for the land is either complete protection, or development in the two corners of the land, protecting the central area as a park and/or private land protected by ecological covenants, uncrossed by any road.
We are currently in discussion with the Snuneymuxw First Nation concerning options for the land.