There’s a bigger issue at stake

This letter is regarding a so-called deal between Island Timberlands and the CPR trail and adjoining lands and environmental concerns.

This letter is regarding a so-called deal between Island Timberlands and the CPR trail and adjoining lands and environmental concerns.

I wish to note that very little feedback has appeared online , nor in the papers except for a little blurb about Island Timberlands not proceeding with their original plans. Nor have the papers carried anything in the editorials.

I’m beginning to believe on more than one occasion that this local media doesn’t have its heart truly embedded in the entire stories surrounding everyone’s viewpoints and needs and facts when it comes to our waters and environments.

I am heartbroken that this  deal may be only temporary until a future management-economic stakeholder decides to tap these trees for profit. I am heartbroken that the crux of the matter has not been addressed and resolved with Island Timberland’s commitments to raise their bar of environmental restructuring and retentions of trees, rivulets and water basins, identified and reported wildlife hotspots.

Just a kilometre away or so from this CPR trail is number 83-9, which I assure you has a greater wildlife value than our contested area. This remnant of a nursery and Rosseau-ridge also needs looking at and protections.

In all likelihood too, Island Timberlands will adjust their cuts to further increase harvests from here, and along the remainder of Arrowsmith Flanks and move in towards and around and onto Labour Day Lake.

Peter Bolten, Parksville

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