This is a rebuttal to Joe Bako's letter (Logging decision costs province, Pique Oct. 1). It stated that the slope behind Pemberton which is in clear view of the village, should be logged for the betterment of the provincial economy, and it would actually attract tourism to the area. Oh, where to begin.
Firstly, the amount of money brought into the province from the entire Sea to Sky Corridor vastly outweighs the local forestry opportunities. And, yes, this area will still be bringing in money 20-70 years down the road, unlike your logging operation. Not to mention the housing boom in Pemberton right now, which all look directly at that slope Weyerhaeuser backed down from logging.
Secondly, I don't know the last time you flew across this beautiful, yet partially destroyed province and you could honestly tell someone that it isn't being logged aggressively enough. Moerover, when was the last time you were ocean kayaking off the coast of Vancouver Island and could say we are protecting too many forested areas. Not only does clear-cut logging forever change the ecology of the area, but it also affects the ground water, the soil's mineral content and the wildlife. Additionally, let's not forget about what the forests that are standing do for us; namely, they hold moisture in the soil and clean the air we breathe.
Additionally, I may have missed something, but I don't know when tourists have flocked to a clear-cut to admire its beauty and the intelligence of the people who have cut it. Whatever happened to developing value-added products and not basing our economy on producing wood products that satisfy basic human needs, that are many times exported as squared logs without anything value-added to them?
We must not be so short sighted when it comes to our forestry industry, and our financial health as a province, as to look just a few years ahead. We, as a generation who inhabit this planet for a mere micro-second of time, must look at the big picture and truly believe that we cannot upset the balance of nature further. If this means re-thinking how B.C. views its forests, then as a human race we must.
So, Joe Bako, the next time you drive over the Hurley take a moment to get out of your vehicle and look around. Then tell me the feeling that consumes you as you look at the surrounding clear-cut.
Patrolled and controlled
My daughter and I just spent a wonderful day hiking out to the summit of Flute Mountain. The Musical Bumps always seems to present themselves in a unique light this time of year, with the autumn leaves and grass reflecting their earthy tones in yellow, gold, and red. I would urge anyone who has the time this Thanksgiving weekend to take advantage of the last chance for a ride up the Whistler Village Gondola and do some alpine sightseeing.