2011-06-24

Wood Rush: the demand for bio-fuel needs to be handled correctly

WHO IS managing British Columbia’s forests?

On a return trip from Vancouver in mid-April my wife and I talked about the state of our forests and the communities that were once dependent upon them. Many smaller hamlets and villages from Yale to Terrace showed serious signs of decay as a result of the poor forest economy, some from a declining tourism industry others because of a change in agriculture production. It was strange passing so many old and familiar landmarks, cafes, motels, and other businesses closed or boarded up. In contrast very little of the natural landscapes have changed in the Fraser and Thompson River canyons. Few logging clear cuts were seen and both river environments were spectacular.

It was depressing seeing the beetle killed pine along Highways 97 and 16 and visualizing the area affected being replaced by large clear cuts.