The public consultation into the Municipal Forest Reserve has generated considerable debate in the local paper and social media. Healthy discussion is good. But it’s also important at this critical time that people have factual information upon which to base their opinions. Note that the public came out in full force to attend the forest review online workshops and the open house at the Maple Bay Fire Hall. …All four forest management scenarios were treated fairly and the participants were free to express our opinions. The public discussion has shifted from a logging vs. no-logging debate to a much more nuanced discussion of ecology and modern forestry management practices. …Our professional forester Shaun Mason RFP and the UBC Forestry partnership also receive credit for working together and showing a willingness to explore all available forest management options. …If you haven’t filled out the North Cowichan Community Forest Management Survey you can find it online here.