Please excuse this ‘generic’ outreach, but we are trying to reach out to local residents, and persons who have interest in the Nanaimo River and estuary. As you can please consider forwarding this note and background to others who may share such interest.
As you know MISSI has been involved with a proposal for an extension of the proposed National Marine Conservation Area for the Southern Strait of Georgia, recommending that the northern boundary include the Nanaimo River estuary. I have attached a map on the proposed extension to the National Marine Conservation Area, and a file that we have previously circulated.
Momentum picked up considerably following a letter we received earlier this month, requesting meetings be arranged with Parks Canada and local government, from the Minister of the Environment, the Honourable Peter Kent. This is then an excellent opportunity to further a long-term Federal/Provincial marine initiative that would address coastal, resource and sustainability interests in this largest estuary on Vancouver Island.
As noted in remarks by a Parks Canada director in Saturday’s local paper, it appears that there is a willingness to consider the proposed extension into the estuary, and to negotiate working relationships that would share the skills and benefits invested in an NMCA designation
(attached). Should you wish I’d be pleased to provide additional background materials, including a summary of recommendations from the Nanaimo Estuary Working Group’s 2006 report. We believe this report complements NMCA objectives, and those of the mid island region.
We are in the process of contacting all of those who we can identify with express interest in the Nanaimo River and estuary – to seek your support for this NMCA proposal. Should you wish further information, or clarification on the proposal to include the Nanaimo estuary in the Southern Strait of Georgia NMCA, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Laurie Gourlay, President, MISSI
Mid Island Sustainability & Stewardship Initiative, P.O. Box 333, Cedar, B.C., V9X 1W1