recipient: District of North Vancouver Mayor and Council
OnJULY 7, 2008 --(note the date change, once again -- such game playing by our municipality is not responsible governance.)
The plan for mountain bike trails on Fromme Mtn. may be finally be coming to Council, where there is a proposal to build more mountain bike trails, further fragmenting and degrading this ecologically high bio-diverse area. It is the International Year of the Frog! Save Red-Legged Frog Habitat in the Temperate Rain Forest in BC. See: www.NSwetlandpartners.com who are in support of this critical habitat, working to conserve wetlands here.
Mountain View Park* wetland area is critical habitat for the Northern Red-Legged Frog in the District of North Vancouver, BC CANADA.
There is no need for the mountain bikers to use this Temperate Rain Forest and wetland park environment, when there are other places for them to use, with very low ecological bio-diversity. Mountain biking sprawls across the North Shore Mountains, uncontained and uncontrolled, for most part.
I have been urging DNV to conserve this park and environs, for several years. Just last year, there was a proper ecological assessment done in the park and elsewhere on Fromme Mtn -- but the proposed plans coming to DNV Council are ignoring the ecological sensitivity of the park and wetland area.
More proposed development for mountain biking recreation will just bring in more wheeled recreational traffic and further threaten this species-at-risk and degrade its habitat. Unlike what most people think, it is much easier to manage a blanket ban on mountain biking in some areas than to offer cookie cutter restrictions from some trails. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- PLEASE CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THIS PETITION! (I do have a professional biologist's report on the frog, the park and wetland area, beyond, to back up my claims. I have plenty of pictures like the one you see. The District has copies of the report and pictures also. Please continue to support this petition. Thank you.)
We the undersignedask you to pleasehelp protect the critical habitat of the Northern Red-Legged Frog inside Mountain View Park, and the area within the Upper Lynn Neighbourhood Catchment.
Please make amendments to change this highly ecological bio-diverse critical habitat into a Natural Park Zone/"Limited Mountain Recreation Zone", effectively banning mountain biking from it. There are plenty of other areas for mountain bikers to ride. Passive, on foot recreation should only be allowed inside this area. No more trails would need to be built, and more trails could be decommissioned.
By conserving the known species-at-risk, Northern Red-Legged Frog and it's critical habitat, DNV Mayor and Council will be showing the world they are Environmental Leaders -- and, thus, will leave a lasting legacy of conservation for future generations to enjoy, -- recognizing the massive conservation efforts to save the frogs around the world during theInternational Year of the Frog in 2008.