Help Save Eagle River

The Friends of Eagle River are working to help protect this river, and the forests that surround it, from devastating logging, development and water use practices. Eagle River flows through the heart of so many of us in this community and it needs YOUR support and action now. Please join us in the struggle to preserve this cherished piece of our natural heritage.

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Map of Proposed Greenway Corridor

Map of Proposed Greenway Corridor


This is a map of the Greenway Corridor along the Eagle River...this plan was developed by FoER after open consultation with the local runs from the powerhouse to the dam roughly following boundaries created
by existing logging roads...the width varies from 50-175 metres...this would provide wildlife with an unobstructed passageway between the ocean and the wild(er) areas above the would also leave the impression of wilderness for all of us who visit the river. Although we are asking for precious little in the whole corporate scheme of things, we are insisting on more than a so-called buffer...buffers are an illusion and serve no meaningful purpose other than to create the impression that everything is, you know, fine.

Island Timberlands owns much of the land along the river...for two years now they have been ready to log...while we have slowed their march towards the water's edge, they plan on returning in the Spring to do what they do best...for visual evidence of their logging practices just scroll down this page and look at the snaps of Horseshoe River...or take a drive towards Saltery Bay...or maybe a hike in the back country.

The community has strongly stated that they do not want the forest along the river harmed...ultimately this may become a debate for lawyers...or it may mean some tough decisions for all of us.

Stillwater Bluffs is also under Island Timberland's umbrella...we have decided to join those who oppose the destruction of that wondrous landmark...FoER has worked long and diligently to persuade this company to respect our community’s wishes by preserving the Greenway Corridor and the Bluffs in perpetuity...but frankly we haven't much hope without your strong and continued support...your voices count...your voices have kept those trees standing for the past two years...nice goin'.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

More Crap News...

Hey...just a note to all of you who come to hang out at the river...kinda need your help...with the garbage...I'm hauling about a shopping bag's worth of stuff from around the falls every other cans mostly...junk food packaging, of course...and a lot of socks...I can't get over the number of socks I've found up and down the river this summer...and every single one of them is's a curious thing.

True story...we were swimming there the other day when this couple arrives...the female half of the equation kept exclaiming how beautiful the place was...over and problem with that...finally her partner, who was standing indifferently up to his hips trying to get used to the water temperature, said, "Ya, it's alright."

Then he chugged the rest of his beer and sunk it to the bottom of the pool.

A little while later my boy and I retrieved, among other things (including three white socks) two dozen drink containers from below the falls...the one I didn't see (because it was shattered glass) gave me a bit of a cut on my heel...I don't know what was worse...pulling the shard out or the lecture I got from my kid about swearing...anyway, that evening a young fellow, maybe 10 or 12 years old, lacerated his kneecap on glass in about the same, what to do? I reckon the most peaceful way of getting folks to take better care is to lead by example...though part of me wants to scream at those who feel it's okay to chuck their crap wherever they please.

Anyway, I hate to see the place trashed up...but I don't wanna preach...I'm just saying if you could pitch in that'd be cool.