Dear HRM, Please Save Blue Mountain-Birch Cove
Monday, July 4, 2016 at 8:54AM
Alison DeLory

Submissions regarding development in the Blue Mountain-Birch Cove Lake area are due by 3 p.m. today. Please write to clerks@halifax.ca. Below is my letter. You have my permission to echo it or borrow sentences when crafting your own.

Dear HRM and Councillor Russell Walker,

I am writing to urge you to protect Blue Mountain–Birch Cove as a designated wilderness area and reject proposals to develop any portion of this pristine, important, wilderness oasis in our city.

We do not need another subdivision as badly as we need the woods, lakes, and watersheds in BM-BC. I implore you to protect this biodiversity. Green infrastructure is a worthy investment. It is our access to rugged, natural landscapes that was a primary driver for my family’s move back to Halifax from Toronto nine years ago. Since then, we’ve visited BM-BC regularly as a family. Along with our children, we’ve hiked it extensively in all seasons, and swam and kayaked on its lakes in the summer. (See previous blog post here) We’ve climbed trees, observed wildlife, and although due to its wonderful spaciousness it is gloriously uncluttered with human traffic, on the occasions we have met people there we’ve come to know them as our neighbours and friends. They share our love of the outdoors and particularly BM-BC, our backyard park. I’ve been fortunate to travel and visit many provincial and national parks and although each is special and unique, I’m always happy to come home secure in the knowledge that one of the very best outdoor spaces in this country is 10 minutes from my home. I implore you not to destroy it. 

As a Halifax resident of District 10, I will vote in our next municipal election on this key issue, which I believe is the most important one the city currently faces. It’s about more than this park but a symbol that we value and protect our environment. It can be a symbol of our city’s commitment to green spaces and an understanding that developers do not dictate park boundaries. Any development of this area will affect the whole of it; it should remain entirely protected as the biodiverse masterpiece that we were lucky enough to inherit.

Alison DeLory

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