Nanoose Bay’s DL 33 Forest Wetlands Logging Permit Signed

Nanoose Bay “The unthinkable has happened,” said Annette Tanner, Wilderness Committee spokesperson. “By signing off the cutting permit for the endangered forest, one bureaucratic error is now being buried by a second bureaucratic error, that could see the end of one of the last stands of public Coastal Douglas-fir forests in the province.”

“The Ministry of Environment failed to identify this forest as a Coastal Douglas-fir forest (CDFmm) which meant that instead of being included in the Provincial Government’s recent Land Use Order to protect the remaining CDFmm forests on public land, as these forests are in high risk of extinction, the decision for the future of this forest was shuffled off to the Ministry of Forest for logging,” said Tanner.
“We are also alarmed that the approval for logging was granted before the Forest Practice Board’s investigation into three complaints launched by the public that address sustainability issues for that forest,” said Tanner.

DL 33 lies within the boundaries of the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere reserve. ( www. mabr.ca ) The connection with the biosphere is significant. The UNESCO designated Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Reserve is one of 15 in Canada and over 500 world wide. The mandate is to be a model of sustainability with an emphasis on the protection of biological diversity. This brings the Federal Government into the picture as they are signatories to the Convention on Biological Diversity. British Columbia also signed on as a province. The province will respond that they set aside 1600 hectares but research has revealed this to be a scam with very little in the way of older forests with the potential to regenerate or protect ecological values any time soon.

The biologist reviewing the cutting plans for the RPF suggested that the block shouldn’t be cut. A biologist for the ministry of forests suggested that the block shouldn’t be cut. The Forest Practices board has problems with it being cut. The Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities passed an emergency resolution asking that DL33 be spared. The Regional District of Nanaimo passed a unanimous resolution to protect DL33. The Town of Qualicum and City of Parksville, are opposed. Scott Fraser the MLA has raised DL33 in the BC legislature. This is public land and it is a total affront and a devious ploy to be making the First Nations the fall guys (faller guys) for destroying their cultural heritage.

With files from Phil Carson and Annette Tanner. For information: 250 752-6585 or cell 240-7470.

For background, go to http://www.nanoosebayforest.com

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