The survey is online. In a lifetime, as citizens, we may never again experience such an exciting possibility, to vote to protect our forests — our home.
There are 4 management scenarios — 2 logging, 2 conservation. Where Do We Stand is voting for Active Conservation (AC) — and we are so excited.
AC reflects community values expressed in the first public consultation: protects recreational areas, mature forests, water sheds, viewscapes, biodiversity, ecology, and action on climate change.
Financial: In 30 years, it makes millions more in revenue than logging.
Employment: Lots of jobs through: thinning, restoring woodlands — culturally significant to the Quw’utsun, repairing streams, reforestation of deciduous, restoration of wildlife habitat, remediation of old logging roads, culverts, ditches, invasives…
Avoids pitfalls of logging: both logging scenarios result in fragmentation, damage to soil, mycelium, roots — leading to erosion, flooding, invasive species, wind channels/blow down.
Protects habitat — 141 species at risk — and our imperiled Coastal Douglas-fir forests.
Fire: minimizes drying; mature trees serve as fire blocks.
Visionary possibilities: Imagine a conservation centre, a college, more jobs, including for the Quw’utsun. Funding through partnerships, universities, Federal and Provincial programs, the Coastal Douglas-fir Conservation Partnership.
Both logging scenarios will happen in and around our cherished trails - including the Grand Traverse, across from Stoney Hill Regional Park, and other favourites.
So why would we log our home for less revenue to hike and bike in tree plantations?
We have the power to do something inspiring, to pass on a legacy.
note: The survey asks you to rank the 4 scenarios. WhereDoWeStand supports the following ranking:
UBC Forestry Presentation to Council - Excerpt on ACTIVE Conservation