Friday, Mar 3, 2017 



BC Politics

Wetlands Deal Carved in Stone

"Good deal for the environment and economy" says Throness

Staff/Voice file photo



esterday, 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.

Throness 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.

"Environmental 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 right."

Throness congratulated and thanked Forests and Lands staff, the Sts’ailes people, NGOs involved and the District of Kent.




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