New data can serve to broaden one’s perspective, or refine one’s focus. Sometimes it can do both. As a relative newcomer to Powell River, I was frankly perplexed when I saw clear-cutting operations underway and first heard the words “Lot 450“.
Like many others, I was dismayed to learn that Island Timberlands was in the process of cutting a large area of mature forest – in the heart of my newly-adopted town. Several questions sprang to mind:
Who owns the land?
Where exactly is all this going to happen?
What the heck is a PRSC? PMFL? ALR? Millennium Park?
Why clear-cutting and not some form of selective logging?
How can a concerned citizen try to help maintain our urban forest?
Answers not being immediately forthcoming, I started looking for bird-nests. And making maps. And reading.
I don’t have all the answers, and likely haven’t even asked all the right questions yet.
But I hope you may enjoy browsing these pages… and perhaps answer a few of your own questions in the process.
What this website is:
I built this website to provide a “shell” for historical data concerning “Lot 450“, and so provide context for both “The Yellow Ribbon Project” and “BirdnestingLot450“. Mostly I just wanted to share some of the interesting things I’ve learned along the way. Fundamentally, it’s a reflection of one ecologist’s passion for science, statistics, forests, wildlife, history – and increasingly – Powell River.
What this website is not:
ImagineLot450 is not a “forum” – moderating comments takes time, and vehicles like Facebook offer better “real-time” opportunities for that – but PLEASE email me with corrections, data, and ideas. Nor is this a fund-raising website (although having said that, there’s a “donations” box should you like my work and feel so inclined).
What this website will become:
Don’t expect weekly updates here – but Occasional Posts will continue as new data become available and as I find the time, means and inspiration to explore them. If you bookmark this website because it provides accurate and useful information…then it’s serving its intended purpose.
I alone am responsible for omissions and errors. Please help me fix them.
31 December 2015
– Landsat 8 courtesy of NASA, with orbital corrections by Andrew A. Bryant Services