Dear fellow Cortesians,
As many of you know, last month Island Timberlands came on island (December 2011) and told the community that they were planning on logging in January. While not opposed to all logging, many of us are very concerned about the scale of their logging operations and specifically about their logging of the scarce remaining old growth on the island, sensitive ecosystems and the impacts on water systems.
We created a petition which was signed by over 6000 people in less than three weeks (you can see it or sign at: http://www.petitiononline.com/petitions/PCIFores/signatures
Today our petition was delivered to Island Timberlands and Brookfield Asset Management around the world in Nanaimo, Toronto, New York, London, Rio de Janeiro, Sydney and Hong Kong.
In Nanaimo at the I.T. head office, there was considerable media interest – TV, radio and print (see below for some links to recent media). We met with IT President Darshan Sihota and Bill Waugh, Director of Planning and Forestry.
The company spent a considerable amount of time defending their current logging practices. They argued that their plans are ecologically responsible but when we asked to have a copy of their plans to review, they refused to give them to us. However, after much discussion they agreed to a further meeting to review their plans in detail and work towards solutions. They seemed honestly open to creating alternatives if they were able to address the needs of their company.
Our understanding after the meeting is that IT will not log before we have had a chance to review their plans with them in detail. This will likely occur in February.
You can reach us at protectcortesforestsgmail.com if you would like to discuss.
Tzeporah Berman and Carrie Saxifrage
media links:Vancouver Observer article
: "Hand delivered petition urges Island Timberlands to reconsider logging of pristine B.C. forest" http://bit.ly/ysbUIWVancouver Observer video
: "Cortes Island residents submit petition to stop logging of pristine B.C. forest" http://bit.ly/ykZgG8 CTV
: "Island Timberlands Plans to Log on Cortes Island Meeting Strong Resistance" http://bit.ly/xZsVSpNanaimo Daily
: "Protesters hope petition will help stop clearcutting practice" http://bit.ly/AtWTooDemotix (London)
: "Brookfield Asset targeted by Occupy camp over forest destruction plan" http://bit.ly/yDBLYyThe Province
: "Thousands rally to protest logging methods on Cortes Island" http://bit.ly/zWXXR0The Times Colonist
: "Cortes Island logging alarms petitioners" http://bit.ly/yw4LRz