This letter was addressed to Stan Hagan, Minister of Sustainable Resource Management
As your ministry completes the review of the Lillooet Resource Management Plan I would like to state my support for conservation and sustainable forestry in the Lillooet area.
I am one volunteer of many in Lillooet, B.C. Many letters like this one are being sent to your office. Please do know that many constituents are supportive of conservation efforts by your ministry.
I also believe the ministry should respect local First Nations in any land use plans or decisions.
I support the Conservation (CRTC) Plan, as submitted by the Lillooet LRMP in 2001, and encourage the ministry to increase the protected areas s outlined in that plan. I favour more protected areas than previously decided.
I am concerned about 45 species at risk identified in our areas and request a plan that includes protection and habitat conservation for these species.
I encourage the ministry to consider areas designated for logging as long-term sustainable forestry projects. Forestry in the Lillooet TSA should utilize selective logging practices and create opportunity for more local employment through secondary forestry industries in our area. Please stop large clear cuts and the large-scale export of raw logs from our natural and beautiful surrounding area.
Conservation, and opportunities for outdoor recreation and tourism, should be the highest priorities. Our area has national and international potential for wilderness recreation and appreciation. Our sustainable economic future requires that we diversify. Enhanced conservation is the best option.
Vivian Birch Jones
An open letter to the Resort Community of Whistler
The debates have been passionate, the decision has been made and regardless of your position on the World Economic forum its now time to come together and move on.
There has been much public discussion regarding Whistler hosting the World Economic Forum. As much as we tried as a resort community, we couldnt seem to find common ground with this particular issue. We have discovered that the short and long term socio-economic opportunities and threats of such events have the potential to elude our collective wisdom. What is clear to us and likely to all citizens of Whistler is that our values around mutual respect, a deep regard for place and a spirit that continues to create a vibrant resort community are things we hold in common.
These are the values that will guide us as we develop positions on opportunities that come forward from the larger world. We are determined that through shared decision making we can identify opportunities with the clarity that allows us to speak in one voice, and we stand committed with the broader community to strive for ever stronger partnerships and understanding.