Overheard at the E & N Trail bike path Open House in October:
Langford resident: "Where are the trees? I don't see any trees in these plans."
Langford staffer: (Chuckles and strolls away)
Langford's latest "environmental initiative" is a fresh new clearcut 15 meters wide and 300 meters long (and still growing!) Heavy machinery lumbers backand forth in a massive rut along Atkins Road and the railroad tracks between Veteran's Memorial Parkway and Savory School.
A thriving little second-growth ecosystem has been stripped out - garry oaks, hemlocks, cedars, berry bushes and all.
Overhanging branches from large trees on neighbouring properties were ripped down by the excavator operator. Many Granger Road homes now have a fabulous view of Atkins Road across the tracks, unobstructed by greenery or privacy.Last summer, the railroad right-of-way was a shady and pleasant path populated by thrushes and finches. Next summer, it will be a dead strip of asphalt baking in the sun.
But don't be alarmed! This "Green Intitiative" only looks like they're building a new highway to nowhere!
(Psst: you're doing it wrong.)