According to BC Parks, Campbell River is home to “the only significant stand of old-growth Douglas Fir north of Macmillan Provincial Park [Cathedral Grove].” Yet the city seems to be virtually oblivious of the “towering old growth Douglas Fir and Cedar trees” in the 3.5 kilometre Riverside and Old Growth Loop trails.Continue reading The only significant old growth Douglas Fir stand north of Cathedral Grove
The Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) will be holding its 2022 convention in Whistler on September 12 -16. Local governments traditionally seek interviews with high level provincial officials. The interviews can be up to 15 minutes long and cover up to 3 topics. The SRD chose their topics at the Wednesday June 15 Board meeting.Continue reading What to discuss with the Premier and Minister of Municipal Affairs
Attn: Colin Koszman/ Land Use Forester, Molly Hudson/ Director of Sustainability
I started my working life in the late 60’s, surveying cutblocks and new roads with MacMillan Bloedel on many of the lands now being managed by Mosaic – up in the headwaters of the Oyster, the Quinsam, the Campbell, the Eve and the Salmon. I witnessed the last of the valley bottom old growth being logged, magnificent cedar groves that would now be considered a national treasure, and saw the montaine plateaus of Mountain Hemlock, ancient Yellow Cedar and Western Yew before anyone had touched them.Continue reading David Shipway’s public letter to Mosaic
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The Strathcona Regional District Board is writing Premier Horgan, to protest the government’s new ‘reactive,’ and ‘emotionally driven’ forestry policies.
This letter appears to have largely been composed by Campbell River Director Charlie Cornfield, with some additions by SRD Chair Brad Unger.
If the authors had stuck to the idea that local government should be involved in the process, or taken a less confrontational approach, their letter would have received more support.
Instead, the decision to send it carried by a 7 to 6 vote.Continue reading SRD protests BC’s ‘reactive’ and ‘emotionally driven’ forestry policies
The Campbell River & District Chamber of Commerce is protesting the provincial government’s handling of a proposed deferral of 2.6 million hectares of old growth forest.
“The BC Government needs to sit down at a table with the First Nations, industry, labour and representatives from all the communities and have meaningful dialogue before they implement these deferrals. If they don’t, it is going to have devastating impacts on all of our communities,” said Executive Director Mary Ruth Snyder.Continue reading Meaningful dialogue must precede sweeping BC Government announcements, says Chamber Executive Director