Letter to the editor.

Municipal forest worth more standing

Even in its best years the MFR earns less than one per cent of the overall revenue MNC generates

The Municipality of North Cowichan doesn’t make its money logging so why cut down the trees?

On the front page of the wheredowestand.ca website there is a link to a video called “New Old Growth – Our Mature Naturally Generated Forests Vs. Tree Plantations.” The video is filmed in areas of the Municipal Forest Reserve that are presently planned to be clear-cut. I encourage Municipality of North Cowichan taxpayers to spend seven minutes watching this video. I think it is reasonable to ask yourself, “If we aren’t making any significant money logging these aging forests, why do we cut down the trees?”

A number of times over the last couple of decades I have gone and walked in forests that were just beginning to have roads built in preparation for logging. I wanted to see what was about to be cut down.

Eight or so years ago I spent quite a bit of time on one particularly beautiful ridge on Maple Mountain that had the most incredible assortment of twisted, gnarly, uniquely intriguing old trees. This west-facing ridge was one of the most beautiful places I have ever been in all of Cowichan. Looking across a grand vista of the valley is a mesmerizing view of Mount Prevost. Somehow the vista isn’t nearly as entrancing now that all the trees are destroyed and a road that seems wide enough for two logging trucks to pass each other has ripped the ridge apart.

I think the earnings reported for the logging department the year the gnarly ridge was clear-cut was actually a net loss of money. Even in its best years the MFR earns less than one per cent of the overall revenue that the MNC generates.

As an old guy myself, I am particularly sensitive to what was the point in cutting down those gnarly old seniors gracing the lookout ridge?

I have become, perhaps, a little simplistic. I now look at much of our MFR and agree with the Fairy Creek tree huggers – Worth More Standing.

Aging,

Larry McIntosh,

North Cowichan

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