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Clarification on forestry

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I would like to clarify a few points in the July 15, 2010 story, "Community forest logging on standby." First, the headline may be misleading to readers as logging will still occur in the Wedge Creek, Powerline Hill and Brew Creek areas in the fall of 2010. The tenure carries a legal obligation mandated by the Ministry of Forests and Range to harvest 20,000 cubic metres of wood per year. This is substantially less than has been harvested in the past by private companies and by assuming management of Cheakamus Community Forest (CCF) the RMOW and its partners are able to ensure that other values such as trails and recreation sites, wildlife, water supply, and scenic viewscapes can be protected.

Second, the CCF Society approached Canadian Snowmobile, along with other commercial recreation operators, during the public consultation process. The society is pleased that, as a result of this dialogue, we are working toward a mutually agreeable solution, and logging in one area proposed on the Canadian Snowmobile tenure will be postponed. The CCF Society is committed to continue working with local stakeholders such as commercial recreation operators, WORCA, AWARE and the general public as it develops its harvesting and management plans. This dialogue did not occur when a private logging company controlled the tenure for the area.

Finally, the wildfire fuel management project being undertaken in Kadenwood is under the direction of the RMOW Fire Services department, not the CCF, as part of a long-term plan to reduce wildfire risk in our community.

Heather Beresford

RMOW Environmental Stewardship Manager

 

Examining gifts

RE: Enough already ( Pique letters July 15)

I too am grateful to live here in Whistler, something I often mentioned during my more than 100-ski-day chairlift conversations with visiting tourists from all over the world this past season. I certainly agree that we live in one of the most beautiful places in Canada. But I would go further and say the most beautiful place in the world.

I feel what the letter writer has not focused on was the true "gift that we have been given," which is the people that have chosen to make Whistler home.

Many of the people that will and have benefited from WHA housing's "gift" are people that work in some of Whistler's primary industries and have deep roots in the community. Unfortunately, many do not earn the salaries to allow them to become homeowners in this market. If these people "moved out of Whistler for awhile," Whistler would not be the Whistler it is, because the people are the heart and soul of this community.

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