About 20 people holding signs in support of saving Fredericton’s UNB Woodlot lined Regent Street in front of the future site of a Costco store over the noon hour today. The action, organized by the Friends of the UNB Woodlot, was meant to draw attention to the infringement of the 80-metre buffer zone of a wetland for the Costco store. Similar to two previous actions at the Woodlot last fall, they used pink flagging tape to demarcate the area that they say should be protected as part of that buffer zone. Over 40 students, professors, alumni and concerned citizens attended the first flagging event in October 2009. Read more at the NB Media Co-op.
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Please join us next Monday at noon hour at the site of the proposed Costco and gas bar, directly beside the New Maryland Highway in Corbett Place. Let’s take a stand and make sure UNB and Costco do not build the Costco gas bar and respect the 80metre buffers for Larch Swale and Corbett Brook Marsh. We will extra signs available and will have the wood stakes already in place where we will mark the 80metre buffer with flagging tape.
DATE: Monday, April 26, 2010
TIME: 12:15 – 12:45
LOCATION: Corbett Place, with parking in front of Home Depot
DIRECTIONS: At top of Regent Street just past Regent Mall. Corbett Place is directly across the highway from the RCMP building and the City of Fredericton maintenance depot.
CITY: Fredericton, New Brunswick
The timing is important because of growing pressure on UNB Administration to stop the destruction of wetlands in the UNB Woodlot. Also significant is the April 14, 2010 news release by Environment Minister Rick Miles in which he states, “The mistreatment of wetlands will not be tolerated.” “They provide flood control, ground water re-charge, shore line stabilization, storm protection, and some wetlands store carbon, helping to offset the effects of climate change.” (http://www.gnb.ca/cnb/news/env/2010e0532ev.htm)
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