Dear Mr. Farthing:
Little Mountain Park is in danger and we need your help.
We are the Little Mountain Park Conservancy Group Inc., an association dedicated to the preservation and continued well being of Little Mountain Park. The Park occupies approximately 160 acres of naturalized tall grass prairie and wooded trails, located on the site of the village of Mount Royal (also known as Little Stony Mountain), Winnipeg’s first quarry. It is home to unique and endangered species of flora, as well as a robust population of raptors, migratory song birds, deer and other mammals. The Park’s stunning mix of naturalized prairie, wooded trails, abundant fruit stands and quarry pond make it a unique and treasured destination for dog lovers, bird watchers, hikers and nature buffs.
The Park’s unique ecoystem is threatened by recurring plans to annex all or part of it for the extension of the Chief Peguis Trail. It is also threatened by encroaching industrial development.
We have successfully joined forces with advocate Judith Stearns and the Winnipeg Humane Society to end the annual and brutal cull of Richardson Ground Squirrels in the Park by the City of Winnipeg, a move that is slowly seeing the resurgence of the Park's animal ecosystem. We wish to do more.
Our goal is to secure a long term commitment to the preservation of the Park as well as provisions for its appropriate maintenance. We are seeking the support of other groups dedicated to the preservation and maintenance of fragile ecosystems. We hope to devise a sound future for Little Mountain Park with your help. In particular, we are looking for allies to help us establish the Park as a vital naturalization area and unique eco-system. We hope to organize a Bio Blitz in order to inventory the Park's many species, and are seeking expert advice to do so, advice that perhaps your organization can provide. We are also seeking public support for our Park's ecosystem from lobby groups and intervenors in public policy discussion.
We welcome you to join our efforts. We look forward to meeting with you soon.
Karen Zoppa, Secretary
on behalf of the Little Mountain Park Conservancy Group Inc..