SAMPLE LETTER TO GOVERNMENT MINISTERS

Dear Minister Donaldson and Minister Heyman,

We have an issue here on the lower Sunshine Coast that needs your immediate attention.

The province has agreed to undertake an Elphinstone Land Use Plan with the shíshálh Nation and the SCRD. This could take years. In the meantime, the Ministry of Forests says: “Resource management and use are expected to continue during modernized land use planning, including forest development …” ‘Forest development’ means LOGGING...Letter in full below.

Copy/Paste this sample letter below to the Ministers.  Feel free to change it and use your own words.  Then send to: doug.donaldson@gov.bc.ca and george.heyman@gov.bc.ca 

Dear Minister Donaldson and Minister Heyman,

We have an issue here on the lower Sunshine Coast that needs your immediate attention.

The province has agreed to undertake an Elphinstone Land Use Plan with the shíshálh Nation and the SCRD. This could take years. In the meantime, the Ministry of Forests says: “Resource management and use are expected to continue during modernized land use planning, including forest development …” ‘Forest development’ means LOGGING.

The contentious forest blocks that triggered this Land Use Plan are the very ones that the province, through BC Timber Sales, are targeting for logging before planning has even begun!

The SCRD supports protection of these 3 blocks, here’s why you should as well:

Clack Creek Gallery Forest (A93884)

• Provides critical connectivity for an expanded Mt. Elphinstone Park

• Mature, natural forest providing same functions as pure old-growth

• Contains largest patch in BC of the blue-listed, endangered native plant Rubus Nivalis (snow raspberry)

Reed Rd Forest Reserve (DL 1313, A91376)

• Nearest walkable natural forest to Gibsons

• Protection of downslope properties from soil erosion and washouts

• Rare forest type that could transition to highly endangered Coastal Douglas-Fir ecosystem due to warming climate

Dakota Bowl Bear Sanctuary (A87126)

• Contains some of Canada’s oldest trees – 1,000 to 1,800 years old

• Registered Heritage Sites containing culturally modified trees

• Likely the last forest containing a high number of black bear den sites on the Sunshine Coast

Additionally, in 2018 the Forest Practices Board made recommendations concerning better management of At-risk plant communities on the Sunshine Coast for government and BC Timber Sales to consider. Government responded by accepting all of the recommendations. This will lead to wider protection of endangered red and blue listed plant communities that are found in all three blocks. By accepting the Board’s recommendations, government will be proceeding to make them legal objectives. The rush to approve these blocks for logging is therefore premature and compromises an ethical stance Professional Registered Foresters are bound to uphold.

Please assure me that you’ll do everything in your powers to make sure that these blocks do not get listed for sale and the above processes are respected.

Regards

Send To:

doug.donaldson@gov.bc.ca george.heyman@gov.bc.ca

Copy/Paste this sample letter below to the Ministers. Feel free to change it and use your own words
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