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Saturday – Tree Planting to Stop the Highway

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Cut and pasted from a Wilderness Committee E-lert:

With no contractors in place to build the South Fraser Perimeter Road (SFPR) highway as proposed in the Gateway plan but the Ministry of Transportation have begun early stages of bull dozing and laying sand along portions of the proposed route of the controversial South Fraser Perimeter Road (SFPR) highway. 

Brad Major, a local fire fighter, and professional arborist has started a small business growing Christmas trees on his families beautiful 1 acre property. Brad lives in the a lush valley close to burns bog which is in the trajectory of the proposed SFPR highway route in North Delta on the banks of the Fraser River. 

Brad is one of the residents who have been told that his property will be expropriated by the provincial government to make way for the proposed SFPR highway which would connect Delta Port to Highway 1 as part of the Gateway Project. He was contacted a week before Christmas last year by the Ministry of Transportation by phone and told they would remove him out of his home within a year. 

This Saturday Brad will be planting some of his Christmas tree seedlings  in the path of the highway as part of a reforestation project  on his property.  Brad plans to sell Christmas trees to families and then the tees would be planted on his property after the holidays if the highway has not gone ahead. Brads business would  help provide a carbon friendly Christmas for families and a healthier habitat for species in the Fraser River, Burns Bog ecosystem. 

Drop by this Saturday at 1pm  at 11059 River Road for a BBQ and a family friendly tour of Brads property and tree farm. Come see first hand a piece of what is threatened by the Gateway Project highways.  Plant a tree and check out where our Christmas trees could go if the valley is saved and the highways are stopped.  

Check out this video for more on Brad and his home at risk. 

Contact Ben West, Healthy Communities campaigner for more details 604 683 8220

Written by Stephen Rees

April 29, 2009 at 3:15 pm

Posted in Gateway

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  1. The site is idyllic. The future uncertain except a 4 lane bridge spanning the ravine would be an ecological disaster.
    Tree Planting in the Freeway Route to Save Brad’s Home
    and in case you are wondering about my campaign
    Get Informed about Surrey Whalley andidates

    Bernadette Keenan

    May 3, 2009 at 10:03 am

  2. Bernadette that youtube video is still set as private so no one else can probably see it yet. I’ll be sure to send out the final version as soon as it’s up.


    May 4, 2009 at 3:44 am

  3. at long last my video of the treeplanting event is available:
    sorry for the delay, an oversight on my part.


    June 17, 2009 at 6:07 am

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