Express your Concerns
Nature Vancouver members may be aware that logging is taking place in the ‘donut hole’ surrounded by Manning and Skagit Provincial Parks. This logging is visible from Hwy #3, just east from Sumallo Grove. BC Timber Sales (BCTS) is inviting comments from stakeholder groups regarding proposals to expand the logging area.
You can email your concerns to: Qingcen.Cai@gov.bc.ca. Qingcen Cai is the Planning Forester with BC Timber Sales, in charge of receiving public comments.
Copy your letter to your MLA, as the BC Government does have the option to halt any future logging.
Deadline for comment is December 21.
Please contact Bev@nature vancouver.ca if you would like further information on this issue.
Below is an example of a letter just sent by Dr. Tom Perry to BC Timber Sales. Some will recall that Tom was very involved with the ROSS Committee to stop the high dam on the Skagit River in the 1970s and 1980s.
From: Tom Perry
Date: December 9, 2018 at 8:49:48 AM PST
Cc: David Eby <D.Eby@leg.bc.ca>, “George Heyman.MLA” <email@example.com>, “ENV ENV:EX Minister” <ENV.Minister@gov.bc.ca>, “FLNR FLNR:EX Minister” <FLNR.Minister@gov.bc.ca>
Subject: Silverdaisy and 26 Mile Creeks – Skagit River drainage – forceful objection to logging plans
Dear RPF Cai,
I am writing to express the strongest possible opposition to BCTS proposed road-building and logging plans in the upper Skagit River drainage (Silverdaisy and Twenty-Six Mile Creeks). As climate change accelerates, I am concerned not only to preserve water flows in the Skagit River, but also to preserve wild areas relatively close to Greater Vancouver so that one is not obliged to expend massive CO2 emissions just to get anywhere wild. This is the same reason why so many thousands of British Columbians fought off the Social Credit government of BC starting in 1969 to save the Skagit Valley from High Ross Dam.
You are probably aware that major conservation groups have met with Minister Doug Donaldson and Minister George Heyman (October 29, 2018) to protest the logging that occurred in the Smitheram Creek and Norwegian Creek basins this year. I can assure you that the protests over the 2019 logging, commissioned by the previous Government, are nothing compared with what the Forest Service can expect if it proceeds with this new plan to extend into the wilderness areas in the Skagit River headwaters. My own MLA, Hon. David Eby, and his office are well aware of how strongly I and many of his constituents feel about this issue.
I’m sure you appreciate by now the international dimensions of this issue, but perhaps it is not obvious to younger people how long and how hard British Columbians worked to protect the Skagit Valley. This is an issue that resonates with voters, and those of us who dedicated much of our lives to protect the Skagit will not let it rest.
I recognize that it is unfair to blame our new generation of foresters, or the current Government, for imbalances between timber supply and demand that have long historical and political roots. However, BC Timber Sales cannot continue to attempt to correct past mistakes of the Forest Service and of industry that systematically encouraged overcutting, underplanting, and overexpansion of mills. The deliberate planning for a “falldown effect” was your Ministry’s policy for many decades, and not a reason to gut our remaining wild forests.
I urge you and your colleagues in BCTS to put this issue to bed by removing permanently the upper Skagit drainages from BCTS logging plans.
Would you kindly acknowledge receipt of this email, so that I know that I have some small chance of being considered a “stakeholder” by the BCTS and the Forest Service?
Thank you in advance for your courtesy.
Tom Perry MD