- Is urban deforestation a concern for you when a new development is built? The Municipal Code requires some level of tree protection.
- Where do you plan on replacing the trees that are cut down while developing an area /how soon after development does this happen? Replacement trees are supposed to planted on the site from which they are removed. Typically the replanting would occur after the development is completed.
- Does any money that is made during development of a townhouse, condo, recreation center,m etc. go towards replacing the trees that have been removed? It is the developer’s responsibility to plant the replacement trees.
- What do you believe are the consequences of deforestation? Trees provide valuable functions – wind break in the winter, shading in the summer, takes up water from surface run off, air quality, carbon sequestration.
- Is it necessary to take up so much land during development? Can we not build tall skyscrapers rather than wide, land-consuming townhouses? Skyscrapers are not appropriate in this context. Small multi-family forms of house, clustered housing, smaller building foot prints are more appropriate forms of development and can reduce the number of trees removed during development.
- Is population growth responsible for urban deforestation in Langley?Population growth is not. Land development and homeowners concerned about damage to person and property result in trees being removed. Not all tree species are suitable for small lot development.
- Besides home development, is there any other cause permitting deforestation to occur in Langley? People seeking views and personal aesthetics.
- Interesting fact we found when speaking with the Langley Planners– They had no idea of the current rate of deforestation in Langley.
The group had a chance to sit down with a very well established member of the Langley school board, The principal of Walnut Grove Secondary, George Kozlovic (@Kozman71). We asked many important questions revolving around the circumstances that the kids of Langley are facing in the upcoming years. When asked if the school board has any concrete plans with the schooling development he responded with a better answer then what we had intended. As for Walnut Grove he basically gave us the conclusion that it will not grow in size as the development in the city is finished. When it came to over the over pass he kept it short and simple by telling us there is a plan in place that would turn mountain into a middle school (along with cedar creek which is already over full in the first 2 years) so it would house students grade 6-9. At the point this would all come into play once the building of the new high school is finished. The location is still undecided and so is the whole plan as nothing is signed or formally 100% but if so this new school would be students aged grade 10-12 which would take away the overflow from other schools in the area. When asked what he thought about the Surrey school board trustee demanding all the development of housing be postponed until more schools are built, he liked the idea that she is taking in the education of the students in hand but made it clear that no matter what construction will continue one way or another so although he likes her intentions he believes it is not realistic. The group as well as Mr. Kozlovic both agree that the city of Langley have not prepared in a way that is beneficial for the people, retaining around hospitals, clinics, roads, basically everywhere possible they looked at langley as the farming community that it was in the past and not the modern over crowded suburbs that it has came to be today.
The people and children of Willoughby need education. The city of Langley only planned in the present and did not prepare themselves for the future and now they truly are paying for it. As Langley continues to grow and flourish with population so does there need for schools in the community. Currently in the catchment the only high school available is R.E Mountain Secondary which currently is reaching its limits already so the need for a new high school is at its climax. The next school in line to help with the support of mountain would be Langley Secondary which is quite a distance for most. Education in the youth is most important so depriving these kids of the proper learning is not what this city needs.
Every tree that’s cut down by the forest industry in British Columbia will soon have to be replaced by a new seeding as part of the provincial government’s plans to fight climate change.
The construction of roads are are ruining the environment and forests; trees are chopped to create roads. Overpopulation directly affects forest, also with the expansion of cities more land is needed to provide housing and settlements.
Many wood based industries like paper, match-sticks, furniture need significant amount of wood supply. Wood is used as fuel both directly and indirectly, therefore trees are chopped for the need. Firewood and charcoal are examples of wood being used as fuel. Some of these industries thrive on illegal wood cutting of trees.
Agricultural activities are one of the leading factors affecting deforestation. Due to overflow of demand for food products, massive amounts of tress are cut down to grow crops and for domesticated animals to eat.
There are currently 29 elementary, 7 secondary, 3 middle and 2 multi-level schools residing in Langley. The Langley school budget is currently $184.9 million.