Wednesday April 23, 2014

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There is a better legacy



Your paper recently reported that Sunshine Coast community forest (SCCF) plans to set up a 'legacy reserve fund' from the sale of logging the forests surrounding Sechelt.

By the sounds of it, community groups could apply for surplus funds, with the District of Sechelt (DOS) being sole shareholders of SSCF, deciding on the merits of each group's proposal.

Coun. Alice Lukes suggested that the fund will, "take away some of the anger that's in the community” in reference to the controversy that erupts when SCCF logs in the backyards of Halfmoon Bay, Porpoise Bay, Tuwanek, or Wilson Creek.

The systemic problem with SCCF was that its formation never met the standard of 'community support' - as required by the province. The regional district, Sechelt Indian Band, nor Town of Gibsons supported a 'community forest' run by Sechelt council, due mainly to SCCF's insistence that they inherit the rights to log the Chapman drinking watershed. This 'legacy fund' appears to be text book, green-washing to “take away some of the anger” over logging in contentious forests already use for recreational purposes.

A better legacy for the Sunshine Coast is to focus on the development of eco-tourism and maintain the health of our local environment, by protecting all of the older, intact forests, which are disappearing at an alarming rate.

Ross Muirhead

Elphinstone Logging Focus



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