Should look to alternatives to logging in forest reserve
I fully agree with fully reviewing our municipal forest operations toward potentially stopping forest-reserve logging.
Failing that, part of our precious reserve could be selectively logged using horses and/or other low-impact methods pioneered by the late Merv Wilkinson of Cedar.
In short, we could make North Cowichan a showcase for alternative, innovative logging methods and more.
We would maintain some jobs and capture some the $759,000 timber-revenue loss projected this year by municipal treasurer Mark Frame.
Indeed, those are taxpayers’ forests. Citizens deserve a huge say in future uses rooted in tourism, value-added businesses and eco-alternatives, not more managed clear cutting for what amounts to a small part of North Cowichan’s overall revenues.
Peter W. Rusland