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General News · 14th December 2012
Ian King
Thanks rod for your response. The last 4 cuts basically went as follows. First we were told that they would be selectively logged, then either by wind or fallers they were slowly turned to clear cuts, then they were placed for sale as private property. Property value is high on cortes and the amount of eco sensitive locals, this basically spells logging companies getting in, take what they can and get out for good. Time and time again we have be lied to about what the finished product would be, so yes the trust level is very thin. It basically owning a third of the island is very concerning, china buying in to it is another pile of salt in the wound. It starting at basil creek really, the only productive salmon creek on cortes is not a great way to gain trust. Changing from forestry to private forestry is not helping ether. We live in one of the most rich places on earth when one looks at the trees and the ocean, yet for some reason jobs are harder to come by and fish are harder to catch as the years go on. Our log prices have been set way too low for locals to compete and the money could be spent reinvesting in the woods and the future generations to have a job.