I am a local resident who discovered the beauty of a 25-acre parcel of land called variously McLellan Forest East, Gray Pit Forest, Glen Valley East Forest, and McLellan Park on Thanksgiving Day of this year.
Apparently, the Kwantlen First Nation has another name for it: Samaaqua.
In essence, the parcel in question doesn't have an official name, so no wonder there has been confusion in the letters to council and in the media.
I highly doubt that the group WOLF, currently trying to raise funds to purchase it, intended any subterfuge in referring to it as McLellan Park, since that has been one of the local names for the area. It feels like a park when you are in it, though it is not yet protected as a park.
Shakespeare said, "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet," so we shouldn't let quibbles over nomenclature deflect from the main issues of why many Langley residents want to protect both the McLellan West and McLellan East forests.
Both jewels of ecologically rich forest should be protected. This is not too much to ask, as they are relatively small areas, and there are other ways to raise money for recreation centres, perhaps by selling lands of lesser heritage value.
What is needed is a both/and, rather than an either/or way of thinking. Asking for both has nothing to do with greed or manipulation on the part of the community, but common sense in terms of our care and foresight for ourselves and for future generations.
Susan McCaslin, Glen Valley