Claims about ramped up logging need some context

The municipality was obligated, by contract, to allow that work to proceed this year

Claims about ramped up logging need some context

Re: “What is happening with North Cowichan forest review?” (Citizen, May 8)

Ms. Dobell’s letter leaves the impression that North Cowichan has ramped up its logging operations in 2019, a year in which council has notionally indicated there would effectively be a “pause” on active new logging.

She writes that “we are increasing our logging activities 50 per cent over 2017. With blowdown recovery and patch logging we are expecting to log over 16,000 cubic meters in 2019 versus 10,500 cubic meters in 2017.” These numbers need context.

While it is true that we will be taking about 16,000 cubic metres of timber out of the forest this year, it’s important to note that about half of that total consists of logging contracts that were awarded for 2018, but were not completed due to a long and intense fire season last summer. The municipality was obligated, by contract, to allow that work to proceed this year; not doing so could have left us open to legal challenge.

The only “new” harvesting we’re doing this year primarily involves trees that were blown down in last December’s windstorm. This work is important for several reasons; it removes safety hazards in our popular recreation areas, helps reduce fire hazards, and mitigates potential insect infestations.

Al Siebring, mayor

North Cowichan

Just Posted

North Cowichan hires new manager of fires and bylaw services

Martin Drakeley brings 35 years of fire experience to the role

Search crews rescue kids, 6 and 7, stranded overnight on Coquitlam mountain

Father and two youngsters fall down a steep, treacherous cliff while hiking Burke Mountain

Shimmy Mob lights up Duncan City Square

VIDEO: Annual Cowichan Shimmy Mob event brings bellydancers out in force

‘Teams that win are tight’: B.C. Lions search for chemistry at training camp

The Lions added more than 50 new faces over the off-season, from coaching staff to key players

Growing wildfire prompts evacuation of High Level, Alta.

Chuckegg Creek fire has been burning for several day, but grew substantially Sunday

Top women’s hockey player Natalie Spooner coming to B.C.

Natalie Spooner special guest at annual Grindstone charity weekend in Kelowna

Take-home drug testing kits latest pilot to help curb B.C.’s overdose crisis

Researchers look to see if fentanyl testing could be a useful tool for those who use drugs alone

Facebook takes down anti-vaxxer page that used image of late Canadian girl

Facebook said that the social media company has disabled the anti-vaccination page

Search crews rescue kids, 6 and 7, stranded overnight on Coquitlam mountain

Father and two youngsters fall down a steep, treacherous cliff while hiking Burke Mountain

Raptors beat Bucks 118-112 in 2OT thriller

Leonard has 36 points as Toronto cuts Milwaukee’s series lead to 2-1

Rescue crews suspend search for Okanagan kayaker missing for three days

71-year-old Zygmunt Janiewicz was reported missing Friday

B.C. VIEWS: Reality of our plastic recycling routine exposed

Turns out dear old China wasn’t doing such a great job

Most Read