Will McDaniel took this photo of an area that is being logged near his Wynndel home recently.

LETTER: Three questions about logging for Mungall

Reader writes ‘reckless tree harvest’ is worse than a pipeline

Hello Michelle,

Please find a picture attached of the new view scape for hundreds of home owners in Wynndel. This pic was taken from my yard without using a zoom lens. There are also a group of homes directly below the clear cut of this steep terrain. I’m sure you probably noticed this when you were in Creston on Friday.

The logging company from Cranbrook has a history of buying private land, taking the trees then selling the land. If you are not familiar with the logging practices of Mike Jenks and his companies I urge you to google him — interesting stuff.

I understand that private land logging is not regulated by the BC Forestry Act. Is this true?

The RDCK tells me there are no bylaws to prevent private land logging of this scale and that should they propose such a bylaw that the province, who must approve bylaws, most likely would not approve such a bylaw. Is this true?

I’m not interested in after the fact regulations. We can’t put the trees back.

Does your party support some level of regulations being imposed on private land logging operations “before the roads are built and the trees are taken?”

A pipeline would not be as intrusive upon our community as this reckless tree harvest.

I also understand there are more harvesting plans this year in this scenic valley. Perhaps a moratorium on large scale private land logging would be in everyone’s best interest while the regulations and potential bylaws are reviewed. I support responsible forestry practices.

Time is of the essence on this matter and I look forward to your answers to my three simple questions at your earliest possible convenience.

Will McDaniel,

Wynndel

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