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Petition started against logging

Kathy McMaster lives next to DL33 and doesn’t want it logged. - News file photo
Kathy McMaster lives next to DL33 and doesn’t want it logged.
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As the trees fall in a red listed Coastal Douglas-fir forest in Nanoose Bay, support for a petition against the logging practices in DL33 continues to grow.

Kathy McMaster, who lives beside the area being logged, has started an online petition that she hopes will inform the public where the trees will eventually be sold as lumber.

She said TimberWest has been behind the scenes to broker the logs from DL33 for some time, and said their customers should know the forest company buys old growth logs from Vancouver Island forests.

“The petition is to educate retail lumber companies on where some of TimberWest wood products may be coming from and ask them to get confirmation that the wood they purchase from TimberWest is not from DL33 or from any old growth forest for that matter.”

She said she wants to embarrass TimberWest over their deal to buy logs from a red-listed endangered forest.

“They state on their website that their wood products come with SFI certification. We have discovered through a ForestEthics report that the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) that certifies wood products as sustainable is not worth the paper it is written on. This is simply a greenwash of their activities,” she stated.

The Wilderness Committee and others reacted upon learning recently that TimberWest has contracted to buy logs from Snaw’Naw’As Forest Services Ltd., which is logging DL33. The land is considered by the Wilderness Committee to be part of one of the most endangered ecosystems in Canada.

McMaster said she is not working with the Wilderness Committee in her efforts. She said her goal is to have 500 signatures very soon and over a 1,000 by the weekend.  Currently there are almost 250 signatures on the petition with support from as far away as Australia, Switzerland, England, Germany and Spain.

McMaster said it is incredible that people from so far away are outraged by the environmental implications of the current logging, but so many people who live here don’t appear to be as concerned about the sensitive forest ecosystem about to be wiped out.

“A lot of people from other countries have a better appreciation than the locals, who don’t seem to understand that an ecosystem is on the brink of extinction.”

The online petition includes comments from those who have signed it, many of them with negative messages to the government, First Nation and to TimberWest.

McMaster said she will send the signatures to all the lumber retailers in B.C., TimberWest, their investors, Nanoose First Nations and to all the MLAs, B.C. MPs and the Premier.

The Wilderness Committee has also criticized TimberWest for buying wood from a controversial red-listed forest, in spite of its SFI certification.

TimberWest has stated it has done nothing which goes against its SFI certification commitments.

Recently the B.C. Supreme Court ruled in favour of the Snaw’Naw’As First Nation and issued an injunction and enforcement order to keep environmentalists from interfering with logging activities on District Lot 33.

McMaster said after the court ruling she is staying clear of the area.

“With the recent return of a herd of Roosevelt Elk to their wintering habitat on DL33 and the identification of other known endangered species of plants and animals we must preserve as much as possible. There is approximately 90 per cent of the trees slated for destruction still standing so there is still hope. We must act now.”

 

McMaster’s petition is called Don’t Buy BC TimberWest Hot Endangered CDF Wood Products.

 

 

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