NAC Action Alert
WRECK BEACH
VANCOUVER, BRITSH COLUMBIA

September 7, 2005

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DATE : September 7, 2005
SUBJECT: Wreck Beach, British Columbia
TO : All naturists

Dear Naturist,

The Naturist Action Committee (NAC) asks all naturists to unite in a worldwide grass roots e-mail writing campaign to save Wreck Beach from plans being made by the University of British Columbia (UBC) for three additional residence towers to overlook the beach. One tower is already being constructed. If the University is allowed to continue on its present course, a total of four towers will blight the beach forever.

This situation has been the focus of previous NAC Action Alerts. The decision by NAC to issue this new Action Alert was prompted by UBC's recent insistence on moving forward, despite public protests, with two more 18-storey towers and a 14-storey one. NAC asks for your help in a grass roots battle to preserve Wreck Beach. This new request is made in close cooperation with the Wreck Beach Preservation Society (WBPS), the Pacific Spirit Park Society (PSPS), and the Federation of Canadian Naturists (FCN).

This e-mail writing campaign is a NEW effort to preserve the magnificent view from Wreck Beach, including its forested cliff tops and its sense of wilderness.

The Wreck Beach Preservation Society will be binding copies of your e-mailed letters into a book for presentation at these meetings. So that we have documented proof of the contents and numbers of letters authorities are receiving, we ask that you please copy all e-mail correspondence (and whatever replies you may receive) to Judy Williams, NAC board member and Chair of the WBPS:
judyw@wreckbeach.org


BACKGROUND

Wreck Beach in Vancouver, BC, Canada is one of the most beautiful clothing-optional beaches in the world. Presently, the pristine forested cliffs above the beach have hidden any university buildings from view, giving beachgoers a natural backdrop that approaches wilderness despite closer proximity to the city. This precious heritage view is still enjoyed by boaters and people who visit the tidal flats today. The mistake of Tower #1 must not be allowed to be replicated three more times.


UPDATE ON THE RESULTS OF YOUR EFFORTS SO FAR

At the meeting of the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD) board of directors on July 29, 2005, GVRD basically supported preserving the natural views from Wreck Beach. We urge your letters to encourage the GVRD to hold the line on the line-of-sight recommended by their staff and to encourage the GVRD to ensure that visibility is measured prior to consideration of any new UBC building plans.


ACTION: NAC ASKS ALL CONCERNED INDIVIDUALS TO CONTACT THE FOLLOWING AUTHORITIES

We urge you to become part of this important new effort. Whether or not you have written before, please write now in order to make a difference at the meetings of GVRD and UBC on September 21 and 22. Please send your e-mail correspondence to as many on the list as possible. Surface mail may not arrive in time.

  1) GVRD-UBC JOINT COMMITTEE
     c/o Paulette Vetleson
    
paulette.vetleson@gvrd.bc.ca

  2) GVRD-UBC JOINT COMMITTEE
     c/o Kristian Nichols, GVRD
    
kristian.nichols@gvrd.bc.ca

  3) INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS of the JOINT GVRD-UBC COMMITTEE:
     Gary Gibson, Electoral District A: 
gbgibson@telus.net
     Councillor Raymond Louie:
clrlouie@city.vancouver.bc.ca
     Mayor Ralph Drew, Belcarra, BC:
rdrew@shaw.ca

  4) MEMBERS OF THE JOINT COMMITTEE WHO CAN BE REACHED THROUGH GVRD:
     Nicola Byres, UBC Board of Governors
     Bryce Rositch, UBC Board of Governors
     Chancellor Allan McEachern, UBC Board of Governors

     Address e-mail to the above-named officials ...
       c/o Shelley Jackson, GVRD Program Assistant
      
Shelley.Jackson@gvrd.bc.ca

  5) PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY
     Martha Piper, President of UBC and Member, Board of Governors
     c/o Shelley Jackson,
Shelley.Jackson@gvrd.bc.ca

  6) GVRD PARK COMMITTEE CHAIR
     Judy Higginbotham
    
jehigginbotham@city.surrey.bc.ca

  7) GVRD BOARD OF DIRECTORS
     c/o Paulette Vetleson,
paulette.vetleson@gvrd.bc.ca

  8) GVRD CAO
     Johnny Carline, CAO of the GVRD
     c/o Paulette Vetleson,
paulette.vetleson@gvrd.bc.ca


WHO SHOULD WRITE?

NAC is asking ALL CONCERNED INDIVIDUALS to send comments by e-mail. That includes residents of the US, as well as those who live in Canada and elsewhere. Vancouver and UBC pride themselves on their international appeal.


WHAT SHOULD I SAY?

When you write, be sure to give your name and address. Anonymous correspondence is typically ignored. Be polite. Carefully express your outrage and your resentment, if you wish, but avoid threats and name-calling.

In your message, state very clearly that you OPPOSE the proposed towers.


SOME POINTS TO CONSIDER

Please use your own words. You may simply and respectfully ask decision-makers to consider the requests of the Wreck Beach Preservation Society, or you may elaborate on any of the following points:

  1) ENCOURAGE the GVRD to continue to defend the line of sight that will protect viewscapes from the beach toward the tops of the cliffs.

  2) STRESS THE URGENCY. With decisions about to be made at the executive levels, call upon the GVRD to ensure that visibility of the towers is measured prior to consideration of any additional UBC building plans.

  3) OPPOSE any bio-engineering (shaving of cliffs and planting of replacement vegetation) and interceptor ditches to protect buildings that should never have been built at the proposed heights and locations UBC has planned.

More than any other issue, the potential loss of the wilderness-like setting has captured the attention of naturists and nature lovers from around the world. Simply put, the construction of towers looming over the beach would forever change the character of Wreck Beach.


WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO?

As of September 1, 2005, over 40,000 persons have signed petitions opposing construction of the towers. You can still add your name to the petition online at www.wreckbeach.org


PLEASE HELP NAC HELP NATURISTS IN CANADA AND ELSEWHERE

The Naturist Action Committee exists to advance and protect the rights of naturists throughout North America. NAC is a volunteer nonprofit organization that relies on the grass roots participation of those who understand that individuals working together can make a difference.

NAC has no membership roster on which to assess dues, and it relies completely on voluntary contributions from concerned and involved naturists like you. Monitoring developing situations and coordinating action across North America is expensive.

Won't you take a moment to help NAC by sending a generous donation? you may donate directly online, using your MasterCard, Visa or Discover Card by going to:
www.naturistaction.org/donate/

You may also send your contribution to the address below, or you may call toll free (800) 886-7230 during normal office hours to donate by phone, using your MasterCard or Visa.

  NAC
  PO Box 132
  Oshkosh, WI 54903

Thank you for choosing to make a difference!

Naturally,

Judy Williams
Board Member
Naturist Action Committee

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Naturist Action Committee (NAC) - PO Box 132, Oshkosh, WI 54903
Bob Morton - Executive Dir.    - <ctnudists@aol.com>
Judy Williams - Board Member   - <judyw@wreckbeach.org>
Online Rep. Dennis Kirkpatrick - <naturist@sunclad.com>
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