This Tuesday (February 11, 2019) Council is being asked to consider 2 options for the 2020 Forestry budget at a Special Council Meeting dealing with North Cowichan’s Five Year Operating Budget. These are:
The second option (logging an additional 5000m3 in addition to the 2018 / 19 obligations) and raises a number of questions:
Why is an additional 5000m3 proposed? Why not 500m3 or 10,000m3?
How was the amount of this additional volume chosen, and where would it be taken from?
Don’t the public consultation and UBC Interim forest management strategy processes play an important role in developing options like this? Is presenting options for additional logging actually undermining these processes?
There is also the issue of the scheduling of Special Council Meetings and when Agendas are published online. Agendas, we are reminded, come out on Fridays before Council meetings the next week. This does not preclude giving Council and the pubic advanced notice and information about important complex matters, like logging the forests. The last minute timing makes it difficult for the public and Councillors to better understand the ramifications of the options presented.
Until the community knows the outcomes from the public consultation and UBC Interim Forestry management strategy processes we strongly believe that Option 1 (Harvest just the 2018/19 contract obligations) is the right choice, for these reasons:
In closing, WDWS wishes to thank Council again for their leadership in this and for getting the public consultation and UBC collaboration processes underway. A lot has happened over the past year, and we believe the next few months bode well for the future of the six mountains.
Tuesday Feb 11 6:00 pm
photo courtesy of Chris Istace
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