I’ve received this new alert from the Wilderness Committee for writing a letter to make a difference:
I am asking you to please write today to demand a halt to current plans to log a forest that is a favorite destination for Lower Mainland hikers. The Wilderness Committee’s volunteer trail builders re-cleared this historic trail back in 2007 and 2008.
Located just outside the western boundary of Manning Park, Ghost Pass Lake has long been a much loved hiking destination and has been featured since the 1960s in various editions of the book 103 Hikes in Southwestern BC. The Ghost Pass Trail, which starts at Manning Park’s West Gate boundary, is featured in the most up-to-date edition of the popular hiking guide. The trailhead is located only a two-hour drive from downtown Vancouver.
Ghost Pass Lake is located within the range of the North Cascade grizzly bear population. This population has been designated as “threatened” under the provincial Grizzly Bear Conservation Strategy, and is shared with Washington State where it is listed as “threatened” under the United States’ federal Endangered Species Act. The forests around Ghost Pass Lake form the edge of the large roadless wilderness area that surrounds the Ghost Pass Lake Trail, and as such it is very important as grizzly bear habitat.
The logging company Teal Cedar is proposing to log two cutblocks (SQ223 and SQ222), which surround Ghost Pass Lake and are only separated from it by a slim 200 metre buffer. These cutblocks would greatly degrade the wilderness recreation and habitat values of the area.
Please use the Wilderness Committee’s letter-writing-tool to let the BC government know that you want the logging plans for Ghost Pass Lake to be dropped and that the lake, hiking trail and surrounding forest be protected.
One more thing—please share this e-alert with family and friends who enjoy hiking, so that the BC government will hear from lots and lots of people who want the Ghost Pass Lake protected.
Joe Foy | National Campaign Director
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