November 18th, 2017

City’s river valley natural areas need protection

By Letter to the Editor on July 16, 2017.

Re: July 6 article, “Early start for river valley protection.”

Kudos to City Councillor Jeff Carlson for putting forth a motion to advance the date of the fencing projects for Alexander Park and Six Mile Coulee top land to prevent vehicles from trashing these coulee slopes. The article quotes City Parks Manager Dave Ellis as stating, “I don’t think we have a huge problem with vehicles racing up and down the hills…”

It seems obvious Mr. Ellis has not walked the coulee slopes of Alexander Wilderness Park or he would not have made this statement. I have numerous photos of slopes covered with vehicle tracks, often created during wet conditions, that have totally gouged out the grasses and plants. I would like to remind our parks manager that part of his mandate is the protection of our river valley natural areas, and in order to do this properly he does need to walk around in them and see for himself what is going on.

Becky Cousins


2 Responses to “City’s river valley natural areas need protection”

  1. John P Nightingale says:

    I concur completely. Illegal bike ramps, ATV tread marks, plastic bottles, needles , condoms…..Cottonwood, Popson, Elizabeth Hall Wetlands all have their fair share of intrusion as well.

  2. biff says:

    thank you for bringing this important issue to the fore, b.c. can we hold our breath hoping for quick action?

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