Nine of my hiking friends and myself recently finished a seven-hour hike on the lower level of Mount Elphinstone.
Almost on every path we went we saw that the trees had ribbons marking the border of a logging block.
When most of the western world is building playgrounds and looking to preserve green space, here on our Coast, the provincial and federal governments as well as the logging companies are intent on taking away our playgrounds. We hear talk of tourism and showing the tourists our beautiful mountains, but who wants to hike or bike on paths that all one sees is a huge empty field of logged stumps and wood debris?
Where is our federal MP John Weston who prides himself on being a spokesman for health and sports? We need to call on our provincial representative Nicholas Simons to be more vocal.
In fact we all need to be more active in saving Mount Elphinstone, be it the Sunshine Coast Regional District, and the mayor and councils of both Sechelt and Gibsons. Why is it that logging companies have more rights than citizens who live here?
Why are we not progressing in our plan to extend Mount Elphinstone as a park?
Jack Stein, Gibsons