Letters to the editor 

If a tree falls in the Village...

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• The CCF's basic challenge is that it has inherited a landscape in which the valley bottom has been overcut in the past leaving lower value young forest and little mature-second growth;

• The province had mandated the CCF's Annual Allowable Cut (AAC) volume in advance of completion of the Eco-based Management Assessment (EBM). This restricts the impartiality of an EBM assessment in determining the sustainable cut volumes that are environmentally viable within the CCF area;

• Whistler's residents and visitors place extreme importance on our natural environment, especially old growth forests, and we need an extensive assessment of the environmental, societal and economic value of these forests. What is the value the province has placed on our forests? There are exciting opportunities for forest management, such as providing local carbon offset schemes, eco-tourism and land protection programs. Only upon exploration of these options can the local community effectively understand the impacts of losing these forests and the opportunities for protecting them.

We understand forest licensing is managed provincially and if the CCF were not in existence then a private logging company would be assigned this tenure. However, we truly believe that the CCF partners, the local municipality and participating band offices have the opportunity to become a model case study for the creation of environmentally and financially sustaining managed forests, with minimal logging. AWARE would like to see the CCF Board of Directors prioritize work with the provincial government to ensure that the Annual Allowable Cut levels are set to ensure local biodiversity is maintained and that all old growth forest is protected.

Society's increasing environmental awareness creates an expectation, and therefore potential opportunity, for the protection of forest areas. AWARE would like to offer its support for discussions that take place at the provincial level, and locally, as we try to look for alternative options to logging our forest assets as we work to create a sustainable community forest.

If you have any questions regarding AWARE or our position on the CCF please e-mail info@awarewhistler.org.

Claire Ruddy,

AWARE President

 

Can't see the old growth forest...

I couldn't help but notice the irony of both Ken Melamed and Ralph Forsyth being so upset by the cutting down of a few trees to make upgrades to the helipad at the medical clinic, while at the same time, both of them are in favour of  harvesting old growth trees. If either of them want to show this community they have an environmental conscience, take a stand on a real issue and stop the cutting of old growth forests.

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