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General News · 18th October 2013
Cec Robinson
A call to rally on Tuesday, October 22 at Cathedral Grove (near Port Alberni) from 12:30 -1:30pm.

Island Timberlands (IT) is road building into the heart of Mclaughlin ridge in the China Creek watershed; source of drinking water for Port Alberni.

IT has logged more than 60% of the high conservation old growth areas, originally only 2400 hectares, surrounding the Alberni Valley.
Government scientists took years to identify high conservation areas.
IT refused to respect those areas and there is no law to stop them from logging old growth.

The Watershed Forest Alliance is "asking for a cessation of logging of all the remaining high conservation areas, which may only amount to as little as 1.25% (930ha) of the 74,000ha." (owned by IT in and around the Alberni Valley).

Ken Wu from the Ancient Forest Alliance is organizing the media.
A week day was chosen specifically to make this a media event. 12:30 start allows media from Victoria the travel time to attend.
We need IT in the media/ front page and held publicly accountable for what they are doing on Mclaughlin Ridge.

1. the rally will highlight the high conservation old growth areas in need of protection in the Alberni Valley and request an immediate halt to road building activities by IT on Mclaughlin Ridge.

2. the rally will also highlight the fact that coastal bc communities are standing in solidarity on controversial forestry issues.

Island Timberlands, Timberwest and BC Timber Sales logging activities are negatively impacting numerous coastal communities.
The number of different communities represented at the rally will make the greatest impression.
Placards need to clearly inform the press as to who is present and that... no community stands alone!
We need to clearly call attention to the fact that forest professionals, employed by industry & government, are making unprofessional decisions wrt logging practices in our community watersheds and we are collectively calling them on this.

If you are unable to attend on Oct. 22, please e-mail:
*Darshan Sihota, president of Island Timberlands; dsihotaislandtimberlands.com and
*Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations; steve.thomson.mlaleg.bc.ca
Let them know that you want old growth protected; together we CAN make a difference!

For info & carpooling, call Cec (6428).