DFO investigates work close to Cherry Creek

Carrie Mishima, DFO communications advisor, said the DFO have received a report of “possible non-compliance” with the Fisheries Act.

Clearing and cutting happening along Cherry Creek Road has garnered a lot of public attention.

Clearing and cutting happening along Cherry Creek Road has garnered a lot of public attention.

An investigation by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans is underway concerning a property adjacent to Cherry Creek on Moore Road, where trees have been cut down and land cleared.

Carrie Mishima, DFO communications advisor, said the DFO have received a report of “possible non-compliance” with the Fisheries Act related to “works in the Cherry Creek area.”

Mishima said she doesn’t know much about the investigation but said the DFO is looking into the report. A DFO vehicle was seen in the vicinity of Cherry Creek on Tuesday afternoon.

Alex Dyer, city planner, said the land is in the Agricultural Land Reserve and if it’s being used for agricultural reasons the owner doesn’t need a permit for clearing or cutting trees.

Dyer added he also doesn’t know too much about what exactly the property owner plans to do with the land.

Rumours on social media have spread that the property is being used for planting hay or as a cattle farm, but the News was not able to confirm the rumours.

A person on the property said the owner has no interest in talking to the media.

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