Let’s have the hard conversations about forests on Vancouver Island

By Torrance Costs and Mark Worthing
North Island Gazette
October 26, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Last March, we travelled to northern Vancouver Island and hosted four public meetings about logging in the span of five days. …In a few weeks, we’re going back to do it again. The vast majority of Vancouver Island’s original forest has been logged. One way or another, the end of old-growth logging is coming. We have to talk about what this means. We have to talk about how communities adjust so that the trend of shuttered businesses and shrinking logging towns doesn’t continue to grow. We have to talk about what the consequences of cutting down the last remaining old-growth will be – for Indigenous cultures, ecosystems and endangered species, water and the climate, and local jobs in a diverse economy including tourism. These are really hard things to talk about, but we have to talk about them anyways.

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