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General News · 8th June 2013
Lannie Keller
Target: Christy Clark, Premier of British Columbia
Sponsored by: Island Residents & Local Business

Tell the British Columbia government to put healthy communities and intact ecosystems ahead of corporate logging profits.

It’s time include local values in land use planning. In the Discovery Islands citizens are calling for change. Why now?

For decades, BC government policies have allowed the forest industry to log with impunity. In recent years local communities have transitioned the Discovery Islands economy from logging to nature-based tourism that sustains families and biodiversity – but this progress is at risk.

Why now?

Clear cut logging plans in some of the area’s last remaining pristine corridors will be approved June 14 – unless a massive public outcry convinces government to hold off and enact a comprehensive and community-inclusive land use planning process.

Sensitive Ecosystem Inventory mapping is underway for the Discovery Islands, and a new land-use plan will benefit this area, as well as providing a model for better forest management in other coastal communities. But we need to act fast to save critically vulnerable sites.

Christy Clark’s government has shown themselves to be susceptible to public opinion. Help us tell the new BC government that real planning for local jobs, families, and environment is more important than short term logging profits.

Ask Christy Clark to please immediately halt proposed clearcuts in the Discovery Island’s remaining pristine corridors and initiate an area-wide land use plan that balances community, economic and environmental values.

Sign the petition HERE!

For more info:

Discovery Islands Marine Tourism Group: http://www.discoveryislandstourism.org/

Discovery Islands Ecosystem Mapping Project: http://www.diemproject.org/

Video: http://vimeo.com/61583243