2019 January 29
Mark Wynja writes with sadness of the destruction of one of the best butterfly areas on Vancouver Island. He writes:
This WAS the best spot to find butterflies in the Nanaimo area. It was also one the best places on Vancouver Island rivaling Mount Cokely and Mount Washington. Known as Km14 of the Nanaimo River Road. About 6 km of this road has had all the trees removed along the north side. For reference, you can see the large boulder in both photos, centered on the before photo and on the far left on the after photo. Heavy equipment has heavily damaged the roadside meadow of spreading dogbane and a nearby wetland has been obliterated.