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Arms Around The Marsh attracts hundreds of preservationists
Arms Around The Marsh saw hundreds of folks link limbs Saturday to support saving the Somenos Marsh from development, an organizer said.
“North Cowichan Mayor Lefebure was the first person on site,” Paul Fletcher, Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society’s president said. “We’re very happy with the turnout. It was 300-odd people we hadn’t seen at our forum.”
The society’s Sept. 27 public meeting in the Cowichan Theatre heard concerns voiced to local politicians about rejecting a possible new police station aimed at agricultural land bordering the marsh along Beverly Street.
“It was a completely different crowd (at Arms),” said Fletcher.
“That tells us there’s twice as many people supporting what we’re saying: ‘Green space is too valuable to lose.’”
The society isn’t planning another marsh-awareness event until after North Cowichan council hears the Agricultural Land Commission’s decision about council’s application to remove farmland for the potential cop shop, he noted.
Cowichan MP Jean Crowder also attended Arms, though Fletcher noted the absence of other valley leaders.
“That tells me they’re comfortable with not listening to anyone else (about marsh concerns). This is the second opportunity we’ve provided them to hear and listen to people; the only person who’s taken advantage of that has been the mayor.”