LETTERS: Vigilance will sustain forest

Editor: Please keep our forest green and our homes safe.


If you have never walked Sunnyside Acres Urban Forest’s nature trails, you probably haven’t thought about how lucky we residents are for having such a gem in our midst.

Not only do the trees provide us with fresh air and lower the area’s temperature by at least 10 degrees, the forest also has proven medical benefits such as relieving stress while walking with friends, a group, or the – leashed, please – dog.

To lose this natural world to fire would not only be a disaster for us but for the wildlife that calls it home.

And what’s to say that the burnt-out acreage – which is currently saved in perpetuity – wouldn’t attract developers for more highrises.

The forest and surrounding homes, recreational facilities and sports fields are also at risk from lightning strikes.

Smokers and squatters can also play a part in igniting a fire. Each area bordering the park is littered with cigarette butts tossed from car windows. A simple solution for extinguishing driver’s cigarettes is to carry a water-filled pop can as an ashtray. Smoking is prohibited within the forest and parking lot at all times.

Please be vigilant. Please keep our forest green and our homes safe.

Dee Walmsley, Surrey

Just Posted

Surrey man’s death prompts call for change

Hospital beds for patients with both medical and mental-health issues are ‘very limited’: coroner

VIDEO: Cloverdale hockey parents, players rally against mayor’s plan to postpone arena

The future Cloverdale arena is one of many projects set to be delayed in Surrey’s draft budget

‘Dream come true’ for flower-retrieving trio of figure skaters

Cloverdale, North Delta girls chosen for special task during Grand Prix event at UBC

Volunteers sought for White Rock Christmas Bird Count

Annual inventory of feathered friends set for Dec. 29

Surrey needs more Mounties now, city councillor says

Linda Annis says public safety cannot be put on hold while city forms its own police force

Lawyer for Chinese exec detained by Canada says it’s ‘inconceivable’ she would flee

Meng Wanzhou was detained at the request of the U.S. during a layover at the Vancouver airport

Federal government plans examination of coerced sterilization

The Liberals have been pressed for a rapid response to recent reports on the sterilizations

Huitema, Cornelius named 2018 Canadian Youth International Players of the Year

Huitema was captain of Canada’s fourth-place team at this year’s FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup

Canada not slowing emissions from oil and gas: environmental groups

New report released at the United Nations climate talks in Poland

Liberal Party moves Trudeau fundraiser from military base

The fundraiser is scheduled for Dec. 19, with tickets costing up to $400

Pipeline protesters arrested at B.C. university

Three protesters were arrested after TRU property allegedly vandalized with red paint

Goodale to ‘examine’ transfer of Rafferty to medium-security prison

Michael Rafferty was sentenced to life in prison in 2012 in the kidnapping, sexual assault and first-degree murder of Tori Stafford

‘Abhorrent’ condition of autistic B.C. boy shows flaws in care system: report

‘Charlie’ was underweight and ‘covered in feces’ when he was removed from his mom’s care

Vancouver Whitecaps lose Kei Kamara, protect 11 players from expansion draft

The club added two goalies, a winger and a midfielder during Major League Soccer’s half-day trade window

Most Read

l -->