Tree Frog Forestry News

Where Do We Stand group is misunderstood

Letter by Len Thew
The Cowichan Valley Citizen
January 9, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

I think for the most part, people are largely misunderstanding the Where Do We Stand issue. As a person who has been actively involved from the beginning, I would like to make three very clear and simple points: 1. First and foremost, we feel the people deserve to have a say in how their community forest is being managed. Currently, there is zero public engagement, no consultation, we are not included or involved in the decision making or planning process whatsoever. …2. There are alternate methods of forestry management and harvesting, and options available that will meet the goals of the people while still allowing the department to thrive if given the opportunity. A financially sustainable forest reserve is not contingent on the current clear cutting and harvesting model. Increased taxes and job loss are baseless arguments made by closed minded people unwilling to adapt to or consider change.

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