A 2011 New Year’s Day Hot Drink-in and guided tour of Nanoose Bay’s DL 33 Forest Wetlands is being organized by the Wilderness Committee’s Mid Island Chapter. This event will give the community a chance to react to the signing-off of a cutting permit for the rare and endangered public forest, just three days before Christmas.
“The unthinkable has happened,” said Annette Tanner, Wilderness Committee spokesperson. “By signing off the cutting permit for the endangered forest, one bureaucratic error is now being buried by a second bureaucratic error, that could see the end of one of the last stands of public Coastal Douglas-fir (CDF) forests in the province. The Ministry of Environment failed to identify this forest as a Coastal Douglas-fir forest which meant that instead of being included in the Provincial Government’s recent Land Use Order to protect the remaining CDF forests on public land, as these forests are in high risk of extinction, the decision for the future of this forest was shuffled off to the Ministry of Forest for logging. We are also alarmed that the approval for logging was granted before the Forest Practice Board’s investigation into three complaints launched by the public that address sustainability issues for that forest.”
The public is invited to meet for a New Year’s Day guided tour and hot drinks at 1 pm in Nanoose Bay at the Petrocan station (2345 Island Hwy East) on the corner of the Inland Island Highway and Northwest Bay Road. The tour is an easy 1-2 hour walk but will require boots as creeks and wetlands are at their high water mark. This is a Bring Your Own Mug event and is free to the public. For more information, contact Annette Tanner at 250-752-6585 or 240-7470.