Vic Brice and other protesters block Dunsmuir Street in front of Nanaimo MLA Sheila Malcolmson’s office the afternoon of April 23. The protesters were asking for the B.C. government to take action of recommendations from an old-growth strategic review last year. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Vic Brice and other protesters block Dunsmuir Street in front of Nanaimo MLA Sheila Malcolmson’s office the afternoon of April 23. The protesters were asking for the B.C. government to take action of recommendations from an old-growth strategic review last year. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Cutting old-growth will provide jobs for short-term only

We can have both huge working forests plus ‘real forest’ that is left alone, says letter writer

To the editor,

Re: Old-growth motion doesn’t reflect realities in the sector, Letters, April 7.

Destroying the very little remaining old-growth will provide very few jobs for a very short period of time. And then, when it is gone, it is gone. Big-tree old-growth forest cannot survive as an ecology with small, disconnected stands. And it cannot be ‘managed.’

I disagree completely with the letter writer’s stance. There is absolutely no logical reason why there cannot be huge working forests plus real forest that is just left alone.

A tree farm is not a forest.

Michael Linehan, Sooke

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: B.C. hasn’t managed forests properly

To the editor,

Re: Old-growth motion doesn’t reflect realities in the sector, Letters, April 7.

First, kudos to council for opposing old-growth logging.

The letter writer did not explain any aspects or considerations related to B.C.’s working forest (or its actual definition) or perspectives on the old-growth harvesting issue.

Youbou mill is gone; didn’t all other Island mills re-tool to handle the smaller second-growth logs decades ago? I’ve known for decades that these old-growth logs are trucked to export markets raw, no value added here. I was under the impression that since the creation of Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park, there was a moratorium for all old-growth in that area; guess not.

So will our premier save that biodiverse area or go for the votes that keep him in power?

Neil Saunders, Nanaimo

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Government’s inaction has led to old-fashioned ‘war in the woods’


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