Letter: Paving over paradise

Laurentian Hills council is about to construct a boat launch in Meilleurs Bay Park.

I fully understand people wanting to access the river as I am a boat owner myself.

Where they are proposing to put this launch is in an area where they would have to cut across the mouth of a creek, probably having to reroute the creek.

They would also have to cut many trees in the park for the launch and parking lot.

This wetland abuts the Reilly Bird Nature Reserve which is a protected area.

There is an incredible number of species of wildlife that use this area such as, blue herons, kingfisher, geese, all kinds of ducks (especially during migration), woodpeckers, otters, beavers, turtles and frogs.

The creek is used by pike in spring for spawning.

We think it would be a shame to cut the trees and pave over this delicate area.

Is it necessary to disrupt wildlife at the cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars to construct a launch when there are launches 10 minutes either way of this location?

Kim Labbe , Laurentian Hills

meilleur's bay