Sunshine Coast activists demand public consultation on Wilson Creek Forest logging
Heather Conn has just written in the ‘Vancouver Observer’ on the the Save the Wilson Creek Forest rallies and ongoing arrests by the RCMP on behalf of the DoS of Sechelt and its 100% owned Sunshine Coast Community Forest Logging company.
About 80 Sunshine Coast residents gathered peacefully on Dec. 4 outside the office of Sechelt, BC mayor John Henderson to demand public consultation regarding the current logging of nearby Wilson Creek forest. Henderson did not appear.
Nine were arrested this week after trying to halt the start of logging on 27 hectares of this forest, known as cutblock EW002. This is one of the last intact, natural forests left in the Wilson Creek watershed. Its largest tree, a Douglas fir, measures 2.31 metres across.
Sishalh elder Barb Higgins (Xwu’p’a’lich), 79, one of the nine arrested, leads a ceremony outside the Sechelt mayor’s office. She has occupied land at the forest trail head in an effort to preserve it as part of the Sishalh band’s traditional territory. However, the RCMP had her trailer towed away this week when the arrests were made, along with the cars of the arrestees…to read the complete article with pictures of the rally and forest click the link below.