LETTER: Historic trail falls victim to focus on bottom line

Island Timberlands, one of the largest forest landowners with over 250,000 hectares of forest, finds it necessary to continue with the destruction and logging of a very small portion of their land comprising the historic CPR Horse trail which is one of the most-used area hiking trails by local and international hikers.

The trailhead found at Cameron Lake was logged out last winter by Island Timberlands, and now they plan to cut the entire slope at the Upper McBey Creek and decimate the CPR trail. Their initial cutting boundary is within 10-15 feet of the trail and in places completely cuts over the area. These boundaries mean nothing when logging, as evidenced by the trailhead logged-out area of last winter.

Where does corporate greed end? Does the destruction of this iconic trail mean nothing except to add a few pennies to the bottom of the balance sheet? And there is no value added to these logs as they are shipped and sold as raw logs.

Hopefully more concerned outdoor and hiking enthusiastic people will take note and write to the corporate office in Nanaimo and voice their concern, before all is lost for generations to come. It’s time to stop this greed.

Bill Millward

Parksville

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