Laurie Throness, MLA for Chilliwack-Hope spoke in the legislature
regarding the new Lhá:lt/Harrison-Chehalis wildlife management area
(WMA) on the Sts'ailes First Nation reserve.
The WMA 1,000 acres of wetlands on the
west side of the Harrison River where hundreds of eagles gather to feed
in the fall.
said the initiative to preserve the wetlands was vehemently opposed to
by the District of Kent for a number of reasons including: gravel
removal and other economic and recreational opportunities associated
with that area.
"When I became MLA, the initiative had been stalled for many years. To
break the logjam, I opposed the agreement's approval until the
District's concerns were satisfied, which forced negotiations to begin
in earnest," Throness told members.
Throness went on to say that staff worked with the District to adjust
the boundaries and created an MOU motion which council passed last year.
initiatives are sustainable only when they are mutual, when all
significant parties around the table support them," explained Throness.
"It's worth taking the time and energy needed to negotiate and get it
Throness congratulated and thanked Forests and Lands staff, the
Sts’ailes people, NGOs involved and the District of Kent.
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