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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-15-2005, 06:31 PM Thread Starter
 
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Anyone hear whats happening to MacMillian park on Vancouver island, is it true they are buying up more of the old growth forest from a logging company?
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Weyerhauser is getting a 3 million dollar tax break for donating what is ostensibly a stump field,and the government considers this a valid expansion of the park.Simply put,it's pre-election crap,seeing as how Weyerhauser is not giving up the portion of ancient forest(about 400 hectares,same size as the stump field )they plan to log adjacent the park someday(or extort future tax breaks with).
What's more,the government is still considering dropping a large number of the trees in the grove to expand parking along the highway.Neither party seems to understand that the nearby logging has left the grove overexposed to the elements as it is.
I have personally walked the forests of this area,and it would be nice if they were spared.Forest management on Vancouver Island has been appalling,to say the least
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Appalling in terms of removing old growth, but amazingly effective in creating large swathes of second and even third growth forest which is what the BC Forest industry is moving towards primarily logging.
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TrueGreed rules all....I'm not anti logging,except when it comes to levelling all the best remaining old growth,which is not necessary,regardless of the lame excuses they use....
Wonder where the Moose is on this topic?
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It is rapidly becoming uneconomic to log old growth. Partially because of "social factors" ie public opinion and consumer demand. The power of the market is strong...
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Much of the impressive old timber cut down these days are used in expensive log homes(around the world),and other high end buildings,where the owner is demanding 1st rate grain and seamless huge ceiling spans etc.I'd like to see the owner having to watch,as one of these mature giants hits the deck,only to end up in his prize home.Correct me if I am wrong,please.
Other (some local)logging is questionable too,cutting large sections of toothpick forest..Perhaps low grade 2x4's to construct overpriced poorly designed/low quality family homes.Forest management is something Canada has not learned to practice yet,and wont for a long time.Thinning and select logging are expensive,but can eventually be profitable.Maintaining and reactivating cutblocks could result in multi harvests per century,but poor tactics result in raping more and more virgin forests..leaving endless patches of unmaintained trashed soil and debris strewn as far as one can see.Reforestation is hardly active/effective today,trust me,and cannot keep up with the daily sound off falling timber. End rant.Did I paint a sad picture? yes,and it is not like me to do so..Driving/hiking the backroads often,I see what goes on,and I had a bad day at work.Maybe tomorrow goes better
To end this on a happier note I have noticed more select,smaller area/less damaging harvesting techniques in some areas lately.
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post #7 of (permalink) Old 03-19-2005, 04:18 PM
 
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There should be no logging period on Vancouver Island. It's so stupid. In the Arrowsmith area all the forest at elevation is second growth or may third, it's only when you come down near the highway that they have actually left the older trees. Makes me absolutely sick, where's Randy when you need him.
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apperently "good" logging practive here on the island means leaving 20-50 feet of trees by the road. this way tourists can say its green here.

oh wait, they arent even doing that now. its pretty sick here....i am watching many of my hiking spots being logged. anything to make a wuick buck to someone who is robbing our industry. these people need to be sued, badly. every one of them.


i work at a townhouse development. i found this extrememly funny but sad at teh same time. as it is unfortunatly true.

"Other (some local)logging is questionable too,cutting large sections of toothpick forest..Perhaps low grade 2x4's to construct overpriced poorly designed/low quality family homes"

good ol canada, follow in the footsteps of other failed civilizations.

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True, its like that on the Coquihalla (spelling) but when i first drove thatway on a family trip (7 years old i think) there was very little logging within eye sight on the road, now its bare... sad...
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