Stop logging old growth, Duncan defenders say

The petition starts “BC Timber Sales stop logging old growth.” To date we have over 300 signatures.

After writing to Blue Ridge Land and Timber Management Ltd. head honcho Brent Pettrick and sending a copy of said letter to Garth Wiggill, district manager of Kootenay Lake Forest district, regarding the proposed logging of the small stand of old growth cedars at 58 km on the Duncan River Forest Service road we decided to begin an online petition with change.org to gauge public opinion.

To date we have over 300 signatures and the reasons for signing are from around the world. The petition starts “BC Timber Sales stop logging old growth.” It is also on our Facebook page and there will be hard copies available in Nelson. We could use more volunteers to help collect signatures in smaller communities. Contact: duncandefenders(at)gmail.com.

Recently we received word from Russ Laroche who is BCTS woodlands manager. He claimed we were barking up the wrong tree and that BCTS had nothing to do with this area of the Duncan.

I thought that they approved or denied the cutting permits being applied for. Please correct me if I’m wrong. We are also interested in preserving the old Growth left at 59 km, on the other side of the river. These two stands of ancient trees provide the last old growth connective corridor left to the many animals that use it. I was informed that the trees at 59 km which also hold a heritage trail, would be on the logging hit list in 10 years or so. We want it protected forever today. It is a magical forest to walk in.

If you care about our ancient forests or want to help us save them please sign our petition or get in touch with us. There are roughly 1,000 trees in these combined stands. They are vital to the wildlife that inhabit them. but it seems that the industry couldn’t care less. The Duncan has already been decimated by the dam. Can’t we save even a little bit?

Gabriela Grabowsky, Glacier Creek

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