The community forest saga


The Sunshine Coast Community Forest (SCCF) deserves credit for commissioning the excellent risk assessment concerning logging in the Chapman and Gray creek watersheds as presented by Glynnis Morel on March 10 at the Seaside Centre.

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The in-depth study clearly identifies the nature and locations of the risks to our water quality that need to be considered when logging is to resume.

Yet, the SCCF, to live up to its name, should never have commissioned the study. The sad facts about the damage done to water quality from past logging have been known all along. The community, which depends on the regional district's water system, has always been opposed to it.

The catchy name, community forest, is a flagrant misnomer. The District of Sechelt owns the shares and reaps the profits while, not having a forest land base of its own, the logging is all done outside its jurisdiction.

How this anomaly could ever happen will always astound me.

Joop Burgerjon, Halfmoon Bay

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