These comments were collected as part of our petition to PAUSE logging for public engagement in the North Cowichan Forest Reserve.
It is time for a new approach to ecological preservation and economic development. There must be a better way, climate change crisis is here, we need to protect forests and all they generously offer us.
Rachel L Calder
Every once in a while the people have to stop and look around and see what is happening to their environment, and ask are we doing the right things? And the right things for our future and that of our children and grandchildren. Sweden in the 1990s was doing a similar thing, reassessing where they were in forestry. They realized that forestry was not just about cutting the forest trees and processing them and making money, but that there were many other benefits the forest provided, important and necessary for all the people. Thus a program was developed called the Greener Forests. A book was published in 1999, entitled "Greener Forests", by the National Board of Forestry. It emphasized the multiple use benefits of the forest, to conduct forestry in cooperation with the forestry sector, trade organizations, educational associations to reach forest land owners, public and private, those who work in the forest, and those who play and observe in the forest. I am going to leave a copy of "Greener Forest" at the North Cowichan Centre, with the forester. I hope it and other useful reference books on forestry might find their way to this office for reference by the general public.
Following watching the video of the Dec 19 MNC Council meeting, I sent this letter to MNC. Dear Mayor, Council Members, and Forest Advisory Committee, I watched the video of the Dec 19 MNC meeting and am greatly appreciative of the welcome and the allotment of time for public expression. We are a community of great diversity and when we come together like this, showing respect for one another and listening, I know we will create and maintain healthy social and political avenues in line with the beautiful natural setting we live in and value. Now, how to move forward? I didn't hear anyone say they wanted to see our forests managed in an unsustainable manner. So let's start with what we have in common; the desire to manage our municipal forests in a sustainable way. To work together from this common baseline we need to understand what we mean by "sustainable". 30, 20, even 10 years ago, I believe growing more trees than were harvested was considered "sustainable". Admittedly, there has been some greater recognition and more science applied to forestry management and I am thankful that our Forestry Advisory Team is so conscientious. Most recently as the degradation of the planet's resources has exponentially increased and is reaching a "tipping point", greater attention, science, and resources have been devoted to renewing what has been used and abused and the definition of "sustainable" has broadened even further. Clear cuts are not sustainable. Scraping all leftover scraps into a pile and burning them is not sustainable. Planting a mono culture is not sustainable. Applying toxic fertilizers and pesticides is not sustainable. A tree farm is not a forest. I want our Municipal Forests to be forests. Living a natural life cycle is sustainable. A canopy of tall, strong trees is sustainable. Letting what has died drop to the forest floor to decompose and create a rich nutrient base to support new growth is sustainable. An understory that provides habitat for diverse species, retains soil and moisture, and inhibits the spread of invasive species is sustainable. When this environment is in place, there will be opportunity to selectively remove trees in a way that does no harm to the overall health of the forest system. The priority though, should be the health of the forest ecosystem over the removal of trees. This is the crux of what sustainable means now; the health of the ecosystem over the extraction of resources.
I am the past Chair of the Nature Trust of BC and know the area well. Its values will be severely diminished by the logging plan envisions by North Cowichan Council
These mountains hold immense recreational, aesthetic and emotional value to Duncan residents. I still remember the debacle that was the proposed golf course on the side of Mt Tzouhalem; a huge clear cut that never got developed because of poor planning. Even 7 ha cut blocks is too much. These areas are too valuable to the youth of this community
BC's forests are an essential part of our contribution to reducing the devastating effects that we will all be experiencing with climate change. Every tree left standing is a help to retain a carbon sink and reduce BC and Canada's carbon footprint. This is an essential and vital step that we must all take together, if we are choosing to survive with an intact planetary ecosystem.
I grew up on Grieve Road, in North Cowichan in the 1930’s to early 1950’s. At this time most of the surrounding mountains were seriously marred by the scars of previous logging. Surely the mountains have given enough and it’s now time for their beauty to be enjoyed by the people of North Cowichan and their grounds lived in by wildlife. Give the mountains a chance to be an asset for all.
New Forester, new council, new Forest Management Plan (in the works), new climate change predictions, new recreational users, new research on forest ecology. It's time for a review.
I was so proud to be in Council Chambers today along with well over 100 others! My heart swelled with pride! I intend to write to North Cowichan Council with my Sacred Request for a robust, thorough community input process not only to do with matters involving these 6 mountains, but the entire "pro development, pro tourism" mandate I am witnessing has become the norm for this one municipal government. We are a community. The changes I have seen in this beautiful Valley since I first started coming and living here causes me sorrow! I am but one of thousands who live here and are concerned about the direction development is being done and promoted for the Valley. Regardless of how long it takes, we MUST NOT proceed any further until a Valley Visioning and OCP is put in place for the whole Valley. Involvement of Cowichan Tribes representatives, that goes beyond who the current Chief and Council may be, must also be top priority. ..... p.s. I was one of several people who began our "stand" to save South Moresby (now known as Gwaii Haanas) back in the late 70s. In the beginning, logging the back sides of slopes and mountains were the norm there too. It wasn't long before we were seeing clearcuts right to the water line! I would be happy to volunteer or lend support with the benefit of my experience from those days. Our efforts resulted in a world~class federal co~management agreement between the Haida Nation and the Federal Government ~ ratification that took TWELVE YEARS ~ today that agreement is one modeled by others globally. Thanks again, feeling so Grateful for our efforts today.
To seek the sky ~ whisper to the wind~ watch the sea side , it's swells & waves ~ beware the rip tide Watch it take what it craves . To touch a tree , it's bark & branches ! For you & I ! Might be our LAST CHANCES TO LOOK @ OUR LAND ! & LEARN TO TAKE A STAND !
Heather K Elrix
Please ! There's no going back. The decisions we make in these crucial days, perhaps these final days of semi normality, will be our legacy, our shout out to future generations on how much we cared about what we would leave behind. Let's pause for consideration and consultation.
Not to pause the logging until public consultation will happen (for a minimum of six months to allow people time to consider, reflect, read material from both sides) would be a disservice to this community. We *must* let past history be our teacher and not fall into the "amnesia of forgetfulness."
More food for thought! Not only is the municipal forest owned by the citizens of North Cowichan, but as of 2011, TimberWest, which works the forest and benefits from its cutting, is owned by many citizens in the form of two Canadian pension funds. "TimberWest is being acquired by the provincial B.C. Investment Management Corporation and the federal Public Sector Pension Investment Board. Both funds invest the pension contributions of provincial, municipal and federal employees. The sale will, in effect, give civil servants, the RCMP and some municipal police forces, a stake in the largest landholder in B.C. and in some of the province’s most fertile forestlands." (https://vancouversun.com/news/staff-blogs/bc-supreme-court-approves-timberwest-sale). We are all stakeholders in one way or another. It's time to re-examine the meaning of "best practices". In order for life on this planet to survive, we need to change our way of being on this planet.
I passed a logging truck loaded with baby trees today. As small as 5" caliper. We need our trees - the earth is dying
I request that there be a pause in all logging of the North Cowichan Municipal Forests to allow time for public consultation on the future of all our public forest reserves. I read the following once, it has resonated with me every since: "A tree is beautiful, but what's more, it has a right to life; like water, the sun and the stars, it is essential. Life on earth is inconceivable without trees. ~ Anton Chekhov"
Public consultation and transparency with logging practices is important to me as I have seen how quickly a local forest used by the community can disappear - Shawnigan Lake's Baldy Mtn was logged as were the crown lands behind their fire hall. As an APC member there for 10 years, I assumed consultation would take place at Shawnigan, but it did not. The forest reserves in Cowichan are jewels for hikers and naturalists, and their woods are not just a commodity to be cut and sold. Public input and collaboration with users is vital.
This is NOT about anti-forestry vs. pro-forestry, this is NOT about reducing or increasing property taxes, this is NOT about people losing their jobs or creating new jobs. This is about the community coming together with the NEW mayor, council and forester and creating a forestry plan with greater emphasis on ecological, water, climate change, tourism, recreational and fire safety issues. This is about governance, transparency and external review. This is a about "thinking outside of the box", past our borders - asking how are other countries are managing their forests. But most importantly - it is about stewardship - we are the stewards of this community forest.
We need to make sure that we have these 6 areas protected. I was deeply shaken last month when I went for a walk up Prevost and was confronted with huge a area recently cut down. I moved here from the city to be closer to our trees. This is OUR land. It was taken by someone many moons ago and sold. Seems unjust looking back on that. At least let us protect these 6 Cowichan areas for our kids and grandkids.
I've signed the petition with the hope this opens a real opportunity to create TRIBAL Parks on each of these mountains, such as the Dasiqox Tribal Park and Ha’uukmin Tribal Park. These parks, are not for colonial conservation, but for the self determination by the Indigenous People; the sustainability of the ecosystems necessary to support self determination and/or aboriginal treaty rights!
I live on Maple Mountain, which on older maps and Tourist Information publications is designated “Maple Mountain Centennial Park”.... How did it become a Municipal Forest in the fifty-one years since the Centennial in 1967? Surely there are many people still living who can remember that far back and tell us about how and why it became a Municipal Forest available for logging?
The MNC forest advisors have done good work. There is also much expertise on forestry practice in the general public. MNC should take advantage of this by inviting public input
Living about a mile from the Maple Mountain fire of last summer, I feel the need anticipate what is going to be the continuous issue in our forests..not to mention the dire necessity of protecting our salmon streams and estuaries from the inevitable erosion caused by forestry activities...and climate change is creating the inevitable continuation of forest fires in our province.
I signed the petition. And wrote a mini booklet - sorry. While we can not attend on Wed. we (my husband & I) wholeheartedly SUPPORT everything your beautiful collective of amazing people have done. The newest video brought tears to my heart. It is outstanding !! Please - record our support.
So long there has been so little economic gain in the sacrifice of ecology, flora and fauna. The growing population of the Cowichan Valley has more interest in using and enjoying trails. We have a shrinking park system compared to the population who want to use it. An observation is that most forest fires start in clearcuts on the Island, which become deserts in dry weather. Clearcuts take a long time to grow back.
As a professional mountain biker, I moved to the Island with the hopes that I would be able to ride my bike year round. Cowichan Valley offers some of the best riding in the world, in order to do my job as a professional racer I rely on having all of these mountains to train and develop my skills. This applies for not only me but to a large group of other riders, including World Cup racers and many of Canada's best up and coming young riders. More importantly, these mountains provide a recreation area for more than just mountain bikers, an area for the community. As a community, it would be a huge loss to have these forests logged without any consultation with the people using them most.
This is very timely. Merv Wilkinson also cut 2% a year from his forest at Wildwood, but he did it without a single clearcut, and over 60 years he got more timber from his forest than he would have if he had clearcut - and the whole forest was still standing. It still is, today. So it's good to pause, and rethink.
Please consult with all members of the community. We are learning the importance of maintaining natural ecosystems with their biodiversity. Vancouver Island has been heavily logged. Douglas fir, Arbutus and Garry Oak are all present here and they are all very restricted in their range. I believe they are a real asset, left standing, in the Cowichan Valley.
I agree that we should consider a new model of forestry management for the municipal forest.
Ian E. Efford
"Forests play a large role in mitigating climate impacts through carbon sequestration. Carbon is captured not only in tree biomass but also in forest soils. Forests also buffer the water cycle in ways that protect our watersheds and our water supply in ways that no human engineering can duplicate. Preserving and carefully managing our forests should be a top priority for governments at all levels and most clearly for local governments where municipal forests are concerned, especially as we currently have little control over the clear cutting that occurs on private lands here in our region. The most recent IPCC report released in October identifies the degree of crisis we face, locally and globally, where global warming beyond 1.5 degrees is highly likely to destabilize our climate and our global life support system in ways that are irreversible in a timeframe meaningful for human civilization. The preponderance of the peer-reviewed literature give us at best 12 years to address this crisis - a situation where every well-managed stand of forest makes a positive difference. It is time to take a deep breath to reflect on this crisis and consult deeply with First Nations, local citizens and climate and watershed experts on a way forward that will best ensure the sustainability of ecosystems and future generations."
I work in forestry but I have been feeling like tourism is beginning to outweigh any potential economic benefits of logging the forest reserves. The trees left are smaller second growth and I am interested to know if there is any net profit to logging once salaries and costs have been paid. My family participates in many outdoor activities in the forest reserve including the BC Bike Race and it seems like a good time to make the shift to toursim.
Kirstin Campbell, PhD
It seems incorrect to grab income from a few trees once every 20 years, when you get a constant source of income from the trail users visiting our valley. Yes it is hard to put a dollar figure on the spending in the valley from trail users as compared to easily showing income from a logging truck full of trees, but it is worth understanding it.
The future of our existence on this planet relies on our ability at this point to curb our carbon emissions. Why is it that we seem blindfolded to the fact that one of the main natural defences the earth provided us with is being cut down and sold to China? So that a greedy few can profit believing that the detrimental effects will not be their problem? Their lives will expire before we are all faced with a problem we can no longer overcome. The majority of people find it hard to grasp the concept of leaving something for the next generation other than the short term capitalistic remnants passed onto their own families and friends. I struggle everyday with the question of how to make more people aware and feel the moral accountability of their actions. I fear we do not have the time left to enact change.
We cannot continue to change the face of our community. The beauty and the health of the air and water are the reason people come here. I moved here from Ontario and in the short time i have been on the Island i have seen record numbers of developments and clear cutting of our life giving forests. This is short sighted and driven by industries that are notoriously only have their own interests in mind. It is the job of government to represent longer term goals and the bigger picture in mind. Representing all citizens and not just industry. Which means all citizens groups should be heard and consulted!!! So yes halt all projects until all citizens groups have been heard. We are facing catastrophic climate change we need ever tree and every forest to help us mitigate the worst changes.
We have been practicing not sustainable logging for far too long and MUST change our ways at the 11th hour here before all is lost. Much of what is standing has been fought for, and we must continue to defend our eco-system for generations to come.
Can't you get logs from somewhere else? I'm not normally a big fan of the acronym but #NIMBY
David J. Armstrong
Sustainability of our community resources is essential for our future. We as residents of this valley must do whatever it takes to get our local government authorities to reprogram and institute uptodate policy regarding water and our watersheds that are the foundation of our futures here. Logging our municipal forests is simply wrong, however protecting the forests by managing the undergrowth and the tinder that can be sparked in the heat of the summer is a whole other matter. Stop cutting the trees and start managing the forest for the tourism aspect and we will have a more prosperous valley.
"As an advocate of protecting the remaining wild forested regions within the Cowichan Valley I am concerned with moving too quickly with the current logging practices. As we see a surge in urban sprawl, commercial and residential development investment spiking with a wave of new population growth the municipality is revisting their OCP. Alongside that new official community plan should be the moratorium on logging of at the very least Maple, Tzouhalem, Stoney Hill and Richards with the consideration of the tourism and quality of life benefits the reserves provide for the local, island and distant people who live in and visit our region. Once the true financial benefits are weighed and future vision of the region can we discover what the path should be."
I agree that the citizens of the Cowichan Valley need time for public consultation for the future of our valley's forest reserves. Consideration should be taken for economic values over the long term, tourism values, environmental values and consultation with neighbours who may be affected by clearcut logging. Consideration should also be in affect for clearcut logging on private lands within the Cowichan Valley as well. At present a developer on private land can cut every tree on that land without consultation with those affected by the clearcut. There is no tree bylaw in North Cowichan.
2% AAC? How 'bout 0.5% AAC, including 100% replanting through the alder root nutrient cycle and into full replanting of climax species. How 'bout ensure all cuts leave 500 foot swathes of uncut forest alongside all existing and planned roads. How 'but all cuts leave 500 foot swathes of uncut forest on both sides of all surface water - including seasonal streams, seasonal ponds, four-season streams, four season ponds, lakes, shorelines.
Chris Van Ihinger
I hike/ run on all of the mountains in the Cowichan Valley (Maple< Tzouhalem, Provost, Stoney Hill) and have been shocked at some of the logging that has happened. Here is hoping we can have some discussions regarding this to make sure that we maintain our forests and are able to continue to have 'places to play in our outdoor play ground'. A healthy community if a happy community. The forest in our community if my gym :)
Many of the "forests" are now mono cultures seen only for their value when cut down and shipped away. This is madness the forests must be protected to mitigate climate change. Where is the future for the next generations. We must protect the forests and cultivate bio-diversity. Sapien needs nature more than nature needs us. As the wild goes we WILL follow.
Having met many Europeans tourist on mount Tzouhalem while mountain biking, I believe that local forest should be protected from fire and clear cutting. It enhance our air quality all the benefit that a forest brings . Basically managed forest by the local government for its residents not the forestry industry.
Antoine Yvan Harvey
I am surprised that Mt provost is being logged in the first place. People love that mountain and first nations have being using it for ceremony for time immemorial. It's too close to home to be stripped the way it is. At the bare minimum loggers need to stick with the law. Personally I would rather see it left alone for good. I can't be the only one saying this.
Shannisse St. Pierre
We absolutely need to reevaluate the priorities here. Healthy, old forests are the best investment we can make for our children.
Our mountain ecosystems are unique and fragile. Look at what happened to Mt. Tzouhalem, even though they thought they were taking down the trees in the right way. We need to protect our watersheds, and look to PROPERLY managing the forests we are already logging, not expand operations! We depend on those trees for air, and the natural cycles that exist in our ecosystems. Our economy is partially built on tourism, with people drawn to this place of beauty, not a logged out tree plantation monoculture. The people who live in this valley, value our natural forests as places of refuge and connection to the natural world that sustains us. Leave us the wild spaces we still have, rebuild the tree plantations in a more sustainable manner (that fosters biodiversity and productivity). Protect our watershed, our ecosystems and all of the organisms who depend on those wild spaces for life (people included).
We have lived for forty ears on the southeast flank that you refer to as "Prevost", the name of this mountain is really Swugus, and is a very sacred place to the original inhabitants of this land.
Please hold public consultations. I would love for my children to experience the beauty of the Cowichan unadulterated any further from logging
Other communities on Vancouver Island such as Port Alberni have seen the removal of access to back country and forested lands, with gates locked 24/7 and public access denied. The companies control the roads and the gates. Public consultation should be considered for all six public forest reserves.
There would always be a time to draw a line in the sand and aggressively challenge logging in areas 'designated' by the public as being worthy of preserving. The time and place(s) has arrived.
Current tourism and housing increases should be enough reason to reconsider logging so close to Current and future residential areas
I would like to see as much forest preserved as possible for personal enjoyment and increased tourism. These are areas I currently enjoy hiking in.
I feel the forest has value greater than its timber. Tourism can increase in our area if we take care of the forests and the ocean. Please at least take time to consult before allowing irreparable harm to our scenic forests.
Can we please leave some valuable greenspace!! I've been hiking here for over a decade, the value ecologically, spiritually and recreationally outweighs short sighted economic growth.
Standing forests are vital to the health and well being of the community, they help stimulate the economy through eco tourism, preserve the diversity of local fauna, and capture carbon which helps offset the consequences of industry.
Highly sensitive and threatened Gary Oaks and Arbutus, mosses + many other native flora/fauna. Why go after this beautiful rare and remote area?
I think there are better uses for the municipal forests. I’m not against logging, I just don’t think municipal land that could be used for recreation is the place for it. Are these cut blocks really providing that much money for the community or just funding a forestry program?
Trees, and entire forest ecologies, are key to mitigating climate crises & local water issues. As our Californian neighbours continue to search for human remains in the wake of fires caused by poor land & forest management, we need to see these issues as the clear & present danger that they are.
I regularly mountain bike on the trails at Mount Tzouhalem. Regularly meaning at least once a week. This portion of forest we are so lucky to have close to homes and schools for people of all ages an abilities to utilize is incredibly important. I am pro-industry, including logging, and I would like to see progress made towards a long-term sustainable use of these forest reserves without loosing the recreational opportunities many people use daily. Forest management is necessary to avoid fires and create safe access. Clear-cutting is not a part of my vision for these areas and hope North Cowichan will foresee the negative effects extensive logging would have on these forest lands.
It is time to take care of our precious forests before it is too late. In truth, the forests belong to all of us and we should have a say in how they are managed. Beware/Take care.
We hike on Stoney Hill every weekend. It is part of what makes the Cowichan Valley such a wonderful place. I am so sad to hear that large sections of it may be destroyed. Please allow for public consultation.
Our forests are worth discussion, worth preserving, worth visioning for the future. It is time we grow up and become stewards of the land, and cease to behave like insatiable omnipotent children.
I was up at Mount Prevost enjoying the view and shuttling my boys for a day of mountain biking when we came across the clear cut on the backside of Prevost. I was shocked at the crap that was left behind and was immediately concerned of the possible fire hazard that this would cause in the dry summer months. I alway supported the logging industry but maybe its time to think about changing our practices and being more environmentally friendly. (The picture that you show of it doesn’t do it justice. It’s a lot worse in person)
The economic benefit of preserving our wild spaces for recreational purposes far outweighs the short-sighted logging of small stands of trees that inevitably provide very little revenue for MNC and the community at large. Please re-consider the planned logging.
Consultation is essential with the voters in our community, listening to their concerns and their right to request further consultation to look at factors to consider for our forests' and environment's future.
Why are we logging municipal forest lands? The entire watersheds of the Koksilah and Cowichan have been clearcut, many times over. Lets leave these Municipal forests close to town for our community.
Publicly-owned forest is in short supply around the Valley and its value for timber is but one of many growing values in this post-industrial landscape. Tzouhalem and environs have some of the highest biodiversity values, cultural legacies, and tourism potential anywhere in Canada.
Can we please leave some valuable green space!! I've been hiking here for over a decade, the value ecologically, spiritually and recreationally outweighs short sighted economic growth.
First Nation land must be honoured for what it is, not for the almighty dollar. Please desist!
We are residents of Victoria who mountain bike in the Cowichan Valley, as our local recreational areas have shrunk due largely to housing developments. I am deeply concerned about managing forests on Vancouver Island to suit the needs of their multiple users. As a resident of a different municipality, it appears I cannot sign the petition above. However, as a trail user I am concerned about the future of these precious community forests in the Cowichan Valley.
I’m shocked to hear that logging is going on in our municipal forests. The citizens of North Cowichan have a right to be consulted before any more logging occurs!
Please take into account how logging affects ecosystems, and the detrimental effect it has on tourism and general enjoyment of our forested areas.
It’s not worth it. Save our precious places. No amount of money is worth ruining this place. So much has already been destroyed. Enough.
"It is important to tap into the knowledge of forestry experts before moving ahead with any logging plans in our Municipal Forest. I know that logging revenue has been brought into the municipality in the past and that is good, but it does not hurt to pause and obtain public opinion and expert scientific facts and to come up with a solid forest management plan."
We support the “pause” and public consultation is essential regarding all steep terrain areas
Recently drove up Mt Prevost and was very disturbed by what I saw. The whole eastern face of very young trees is being logged from tbe mountain. Please stop this and allow the very young trees to mature. Please stop removing the trees in a #Clearcut way. I do not like this, stop what you are doing.
"Clearcut logging on public owned land is a travesty. So many people use the trails now for an experience in nature. The trees harbour birds and wildlife, clearcut don't. We create deserts, it is time to start to repeat nature. The economic benefit is very poor compared to the benefit of tourism and people's right to preserve a little bit of nature. Add $5 to taxes and then you won't have any economical need to cut the trees."
We need to work together to keep as much of our forest alive as possible. Thanks for starting this dialogue.
Our amazing mountains, trails, forests & parks are the heart of recreation in the Cowichan Valley. Let’s please consider keeping our beautiful forests in tact & prevent future logging.
Fully support this petition. End all logging in this area.
"The top of the Properties completely illustrates what irreversible damage can be done in the name of "sustainable, high quality" development. Our municipal forests offers so much opportunity for future generations in way of tourism, eco-tourism, hiking, mountain biking, trails and scenic access . Look back at Tofino & Ucluelet 30 years ago and where they are today due to saving the environment and not giving in to commercial pressures"
This forest disruption is not okay...
"Municipal forests can be so much more than just sources of fibre. We need more emphasis on the important non-timber values that these forest lands provide and more public consultation surrounding any further logging activities. The makeup of the current advisory committee is weighted toward the views of professional foresters. We need to widen this committee's scope and also open up the whole management process to ensure accountability."
"Please lets not cut down our forests. Lets take a minute and really think about this, if this is something that makes any sense. Thank you"
"this is so important"
There has to be change in the logging industry and more thought put into what areas to log. The re-planting program needs to be revamped. I have ridden through so many areas that there is a sign stating replanted 2010 and all you see is 90% invasive weeds and broom. More accountability needs to happen.
"With the world loss of so much forested land in the past years due to wild fires, clear cutting and development I believe standing forests are more important than ever. If you do continue to log it should be done sustainably, as Merv Wilkinson did for years in Cedar." https://ecoforestry.ca/wildwood-forest/
"Select log for healthy forest if you must - no clear cut"
"It is time to re-examine and reset North Cowichan Municipal Forest management guidelines. There are a host of values that need to be accounted for in the public interest. Stewardship should entail more than just fibre production and recreation. I trust that the new municipal council will see fit to support this important initiative."
"There has been substantial growth in the tourism industry of British Columbia in the last decade. It is so important to recognize the potential for changes to forestry management practices that could increase local tourism and provide economic growth to local business."
Big picture includes loss of wildlife habitat leading to problems for them and people, erosion, poorer air quality, less buffer from the elements and definitely the eyesore factor along with the noise and truck traffic.
We need to be sure we aren’t causing irreversible damage to our beautiful forests!
"Please halt until further consultation can be undertaken."
"As an avid trail user and employee of a local business that see's the value of eco-tourism every day it would be wise to look at future ways of managing our municipal forests. We have a world class trail network and it holds tremendous value for the many facets of our community."