Opposing realities debate forest protection

Letter by Anthony Britneff, RPF (ret.)
Victoria Times Colonist
November 5, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, US West

Re: Debate on Vancouver Island’s old growth forests must be based on facts, not emotions The difficulty with any conversation about old growth forests begins with the definition (Nov 1). The commentary misses the point of the public discussion on Vancouver Island’s remaining old-growth forests. The question is: “What is the per cent area of original, productive, old-growth forest below 300 metres elevation on slopes under 17 per cent that is protected on Vancouver Island in parks, old-growth management areas, wildlife habitat areas, and other reserves?” Using one of the most complete datasets available for Vancouver Island, a GIS specialist and biologist ran the analysis to answer this question. Only six per cent is protected.

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