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General News · 12th October 2011
Christine Robinson
Wild We Stand Society was incorporated as a registered BC Society in January 2011, and has as its purposes: to advocate for the ecological integrity and sustainable community use of the forest lands of Cortes; to work with others to this end; and to promote educational activities in support of this end. Wild We Stand has agreed to act as the financial center for these activities and will accept donations and disburse funds in support of these objectives. Wild We Stand has also accepted the role of exploration of the possible purchase of Island Timberlands (I.T.) lands on Cortes, and pursued this role by arranging a meeting with Christopher Dawes and Bill Waugh of I.T. on Sept.7 at their Parksville location.

The meeting was attended by Paul Brewer & Andy Ellingsen on behalf of Wild We Stand Society, Sabina Leader-Mense as a biological advisor, and Bill Turner of The Land Conservancy of BC, acting as Wild We Stand’s advisor on possible acquisitions processes. The meeting was positive, in that this was the first face-to-face meeting with I.T. in 3 years, and there was informative discussion on both sides. The I.T. representatives have initially agreed to discuss the Carrington/James Creek purchase proposal from the Children's Forest Trust with their directors. They indicated that there may be a response in approximately 2 weeks from the Sept 7 meeting. I.T. were not prepared to discuss the sale of all their Cortes lands at that meeting. There was no definite commitment as to their logging plans, and we are none the wiser as to whether they will begin this fall or in 2012. I.T did indicate that they would most likely begin on the old MacBlo parcel in Squirrel Cove near Basil Creek, because there was some established road structure.