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Tree tape vanishes, APLUC stumped

Environmentalists concerned that loggers are about to start cutting down trees in Cathedral Grove park are once again asking questions.

Last week the Arrowsmith Parks and Land-Use Council (APLUC) accused logging company Island Timberlands of flagging some old growth Douglas Fir trees less than a kilometre off Highway 4, on the slope west and north of Cathedral Grove floodplain.

Without asking officials at Island Timberlands about its current plans for the area, the group declared that logging was imminent.

Island Timberlands spokesperson Morgan Kennah said the field markings were done by a consulting group for a forest health survey and the flagging tape wasn’t an indication of harvesting.

According to the APLUC, the flagging tape has been removed and are once again demanding answers from the forest company through a media release.

Kennah said their staff did not visit the site over the weekend and she once again questions why no one from the group has contacted them directly.

“The APLUC has continued to make no contact to discuss concerns and have been provided our information,” she stated.

APLUC member Berni Pearce said in a media release, “On one hand it’s a relief to see the marking gone.

“On the other hand what is the logging company really intending to do? Who took down the tape?”

 

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