A sign designates the Wildebeest trail in Lantzville Forest. (Photo submitted)

Woodlot should be shared

The B.C. government should be finding a way to stop all logging of the woodlot No. 1475

Re: Woodlot exemplary, Letters, April 27.

That’s great that the letter writer was able to get the wood he wanted locally. The latest proposal from the Save Lantzville Forest people was not to stop all logging, but to save 60 hectares, 30 ha for conservation and 30 ha of forest for recreation. The majority of this area is centred around Knarston Creek and to have a buffer zone on each side of the creek. Which is a beautiful area to hike and mountain bike.

If it is public land, why were most of the trail signs taken down by the woodlot owners? The Save Lantzville Forest people had a map showing all the really nice trails with the trail names on it. But now, I often see people on the trails that don’t know where they are. I heard someone was saying the signs were done in a unsafe manner, which is not true.

I understand that logging creates work for the local people, this is a small forest that will create very little work. But if it is saved, it will bring much more worth to the community, people’s health and enjoyment for many more years to come. The forest is also very close to Lantzville, where businesses could benefit if it is saved. I think it’s very short-sighted to be logging any of this forest. Especially with all the new development planned for the area.

There is very little Crown land in the central part of Vancouver Island and the B.C. government should be finding a way to stop all logging of the woodlot No. 1475. Why not give the woodlot company another area to log, away from any fast-growing community. This would be a much better win-win solution for everyone.

Gary Hicks, Lantzville

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