Standing Tall title ironic as unsustainable harvesting continues
Re: STANDING TALL
I was quite struck by the choice and title of your article in the Aug. 11 issue: STANDING TALL (re: an inside look at a logging company). It’s ironic, as soon no trees will be standing tall!
While the story behind this hard-working forestry family is admirable, I would have preferred a more local, Vancouver Island-based article about the desperate need for a moratorium on the scant remaining old-growth forest.
There are only 35,000 hectares left of old-growth, high-productive forests left in all of B.C., and it’s being cut at 10,000 hectares per year, therefore, all gone in less than four years. Yellow cedars are the oldest living thing in B.C., and they are destined to be logged if Teal Jone’s TFL #46, near Port Renfrew, gets its way.
For over 50 years, I have witnessed the scarred hillsides slowly creep up steep, unstable, erosion-producing terrain. Our provincial government is stalling on the results of the old-growth forest review panel, as they are already aware that the forest industry in our province is not being run in a sustainable manner.
Our island is full of iconic species, slowly losing their habitat. If we continue at this rate, there will be nothing left.