We have tried to display below some of the many current Letters to the Editor. Additional Letters to the Editor, news and full page articles on the proposed Elphinstone Park Expansion and the key ‘Forests’ (the cutblocks that lie within the park expansion area that are being systematically clearcut) can be viewed weekly in the local press. Click on The Mt Elphinstone Park We Deserve to read a recent two page story on the issue. You can also can also go to the CoastReporter and thelocalweekly online or pick up a copy of the publication. (Upon visiting these sites just search for ELF, Elphinstone Park Expansion, Elphinstone Logging Focus or Sunshine Coast Community Forest’s (SCCF) for a complete list of breaking news, new and past articles and Letters to the Editor).
Coast Reporter – Letters
Requesting a full review
MAY 17, 2013
I attended the Sunshine Coast Community Forest’s (SCCF) annual general meeting on May 6 — a logging company owned by the District of Sechelt.
Some of the suggestions our group put forward included: harvesting in second growth tree farms only, retaining all older forests (age class 6 to 9) to protected bio-diversity, invest in a small-scale sawmill scaled to the volume of wood it harvests to add value and jobs, a public committee to advise Sechelt council as they decide on what community projects are to be funded by SCCF profits and to have all board of directors meetings open to the public.
Our recommendations, which we think are progressive ones for a community forest to implement, were not and probably never will be accepted by this SCCF.
We, and many others, are forced to conclude that this current community forest structure needs a fresh start. We request of a new provincial government to review Sechelt’s current community forest model and the process in which they obtained the licence in the first place which was surrounded in controversy. They are not meeting higher-level sustainable forestry practices, and certainly are not open to public input. The public, in fact, may be better served if this current community forest is re-built from the ground up to reflect progressive eco-forestry options and new structures of public governance.
Ross Muirhead, ELF
Progressive Eco Forestry Options…
Thursday, May 16th, 2013 – The Local Weekly (Volume 11, Issue 20) …. See the Local Weekly for full letter – thelocalweekly