LETTER: EDPA must work in co-operation with landowners

The Saanich Citizens for a Responsible EDPA Society has always supported having a scientifically justifiable EDPA bylaw that works in co-operation with landowners. Most of the properties mapped within the existing EDPA no longer have natural ecosystems, as they have been developed for at least 50 – 100 years.

The Diamond Head report pointed out that the district could do more to lead by example in Saanich parks. The remaining Garry oak ecosystems exist mostly in Saanich parks. These ecosystems are significantly degraded and will continue to be covered in invasive species until the District of Saanich makes the decision to maintain and restore Garry oak ecosystems and species at risk populations on Saanich lands.

SCRES strongly supports the more comprehensive biodiversity program that Saanich council has voted to consider and develop. We believe significant funding and resources should be provided to restore and maintain Garry oak ecosystems and other sensitive ecosystems in Saanich parks. We support a well-resourced stewardship program that works in co-operation with private landowners, all of which will aid in enhancing biodiversity in Saanich.

SCRES is supportive of a carefully crafted bylaw with accurate implementation, which protects true Environmentally Significant Areas, such as sensitive ecosystems, on both public and private lands.

Anita Bull, president,

Saanich Citizens for a Responsible EDPA

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