LETTER: More green space needed
It would be very informative if someone could produce three maps of Canada and show by coloured green spaces, how much wild forest we had 100 years ago, how much 200 years ago, and on the last, how much is left now.
No doubt the comparison between the three maps would be shocking.
Most people are aware that natural forests, whether on a mountainside or on flat areas, are vital to us in many ways, only two of which are less flooding as water is absorbed with forest roots, as well as the branches purifying our air.
In addition, of course, is the natural living space for countless animals, insects, and birds.
However, extensive logging of pristine forests causes remaining areas to become dry and subject to fires. These natural forests should be left untouched by human intervention, and certainly no walking trails should be created. This not only intrudes on natural living space for wild animals and birds, but allows wild creatures to come into developed areas.
With increasing human populations, we need more natural green space, rather than less, in order for us to have a healthy life.