Editor, The Times:
I wish to respond to the recent letter submitted by Jim Lamberton (“How many thousand hectares does it take to feed a caribou,” Aug. 28 issue), regarding logging in the Upper Clearwater, the corridor to Wells Gray Park.
Jim, you were sure “slashing out with a sharp sword”! I think we must back off from attacking or stereotyping, and look at the real issues surrounding logging in our amazing Wells Gray Park, or within its boundary areas.
We must include the boundary areas of the Park in this discussion, as it is included in the language of the legislation, which is clearly documented in the B.C. Parks Act. Legal restrictions to activities, unless it is in the best interest of the Park, includes the boundary areas to the Parks. Those restrictions were recently lifted without any public input. It is not a coincidence that we are suddenly facing this logging proposal by Canfor.
Our family recently took a drive past Valemount and felt horrified at the huge clearcut patches of logging that were done
right near the town and the highway. They are a real eyesore and I’m sure must deter tourists from stopping. Do we want this to happen to our “Gateway” to Wells Gray Park?
Also this summer, we took a hike up past the Trophy Mountain Meadows. We were showing off this special place to our niece, who was visiting from Quebec. We were awestruck at the amazing beauty we have here, our jewel of nature, Wells Gray Park. Internationally it is well known for its pristine, untouched wilderness. It is our responsibility to take care of our Park and its boundary areas.
We humans tend to do a lot of damage in the world. We owe it to our children (and their children and so on) to stop being so short-sighted and to stop thinking only of short term gain, at what expense.
No, I am not anti-logging, Jim. I don’t believe that Eric Milton or Trevor Goward are either. They both recognize the value of the logging Industry and the tourism industry, as most of us citizens here do.
Long term sustainability for any local industry can only be achieved when resources are managed right and there is cooperation and dialogue. Individual interests may be met by trying to find some harmony and balance with one another.
I believe that this is what Trevor was referring to – the way lichen depend upon the coexistence of two species that live in a delicate balance with one another. Nature is full of harmony that works, and we can learn so much from her.
Our son is 16. He always wants to call Clearwater home, and he really loves our Park and the route in, a spectacular gateway. He will go away to study in the future and hopefully bring back his skills to our community. He was devastated when he had heard about the change to the B.C Parks Act, and how the future of Wells Gray Park and its corridor could be jeopardized. He even wrote a powerful essay about it. Now we are already seeing the potential reality of this short-sighted Liberal government decision.
Our son would love one day to have such an opportunity, as did Trevor Goward, to provide valuable research and to gain knowledge that may benefit the future of our Planet, or our Universe.
We are so fortunate to have this renowned scientist living near us. He has dedicated much to our Park and to our communities, and continues to give our Park a voice. We must listen to the hard evidence which the scientific world brings us, and aim for effective collaboration. Then maybe we can come together as a strong community, with a meaningful long term vision.
I also would like to congratulate the team at the Times for jobs well done (“Times wins national newspaper awards,” Aug. 21 issue). I’ve always known this and feel we are very lucky to have you all here.