Glen Valley forest now a ‘municipal natural park’

The McLellan Forest West property in Glen Valley that was the subject of a public outcry is now a municipal natural park.

When word got out in June

A Langley Township forest that was going to be sold to raise money for a new Aldergrove recreation centre will now be preserved as a “Municipal Natural Park.”

Mayor Jack Froese announced the decision at the Monday night  meeting of council, saying it was decided earlier in the day during a closed-door meeting,

The designation of Glen Valley’s McLellan Forest West municipal parkland covers 25.75 acres of wooded land on 84 Avenue between 252 and 254 Streets, a site that includes 80 to 100-year-old conifer trees.

“We’re kind of closing a chapter,” Froese said.

The forest was part of nearly 50 acres of Township-owned land that went on the market in 2012 to pay for construction of a new recreation centre on the five-acre site of the former Aldergrove Elementary School on Fraser Highway.

News the forest could be redeveloped for housing drew immediate opposition and produced drawn-out and often-heated debates in council chambers. 0The move prompted the formation of Watchers of Langley Forests (WOLF).

McLellan Forest West was taken off the market a few months after the sale plans were made public.

The remaining forested lands, the Gray Pit Lands between 257A Street and 260 Street, remained on the market until it was purchased by Trinity Western University this year, with the assistance of a $2.5 million donation from the family of the late Thomas Blaauw.

A press release issued by the mayor on Tuesday noted Langley Township is also home to 4,665 acres or 7.3 square miles of municipal and Metro Vancouver parkland.

“We have a lot to be proud of,”  Froese said in the release.

Just Posted

VIDEO: Langley school trustees approve pay hikes

Proposal to adjust compensation every year based on inflation index rejected

Man confessed to ‘Mr. Big’ that he killed his half-sister by suffocating her

Details heard in court about murder of Rachel Pernosky, 18, of Mission

115 new wildfires burning across B.C. due to 19,000 lightning strikes

More fires expected to start today, says BC Wildfire Service officials

Langley MP pledges support for stranded adopting families

Mark Warawa said he will pressure the minister of immigration on the issue.

Air cadets: Future career aviators in the making in Langley

A squadron review highlight accomplishments of several Langley cadets.

VIDEO: Aspiring Langley rancher plans to swap one saddle for another

Burklan Johnson has only ridden a horse once, but this unicyclist has big plans to become a cowboy.

Fireworks and fires over a half-metre banned Friday in Kamloops centre

B.C. Wildfire Service banning to category 2 and 3 fires in Kamloops Fire Centre at noon Friday

Rescued Oregon family simply unprepared for adventure, RCMP say

Agencies now helping the group of four get to their destination in Alaska

Large B.C. tree dies after possible poisoning

Police and District investigate after large chestnut tree’s rapid decline

Canucks release 2018-19 season schedule

Vancouver to face Calgary Flames on Wednesday, Oct. 3, for home opener

VIDEO: Luxury Home and Design Show opens with Italian flare

Event set to run Friday to Sunday at BC Place in Vancouver

Small new charge on BC Hydro bills goes toward new crisis fund

The new fund aims to help customers who find themselves in financial emergencies

UPDATED: Crown appeals B.C. polygamous leader’s acquittal in child bride case

James Oler had been charged with taking his underage daughter to the U.S. to marry her off

South of the Fraser condo flipping increased as market heated up

Local realtors say investors were re-selling through assignment sales, but the trend may reverse.

Most Read