Moodyville tree cutting raises ire

Wildlife News

Brent Richter, North Shore News
February 26, 2014 12:00 AM

City, Port say work near eagle's nest in compliance.

A bald eagle perches near its nest in Moodyville Park. Photograph by: Mike Wakefield, North Shore News

A Moodyville resident is raising concerns about the way the City of North Vancouver and Port Metro Vancouver have handled cutting down trees and working too close to an eagle's nest as part of the Low Level Road project.

Melanie Ptashynski did a walkabout of Moodyville Park with PMV and city staff on Jan. 24 to get an idea of how many trees would be cut in order to move the Spirit Trail. After learning it would be a two-metre swath for the trail plus a two-metre buffer, Ptashynski said she was pleased.

But since the work was done, Ptashynski says it is closer to five metres.

"I got my husband to put out measuring tape.  Visually, you know it's not," she said.

Beyond that, Ptashynski was incensed to see the whole slope side "devegetated" and work being carried out next to an eagle's nest just south of Moody Avenue. The barrier placed around the eagle's tree only extends about 10 metres, when the port's wildlife habitat assessment recommends one-and-a-half tree lengths or up to 100 or 200 metres if it is during the breeding period. The report states that starts on Feb. 1. And despite almost daily trips to the park, Ptashynski said she has scarcely seen ............

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