This blog is devoting a lot of space to the protests surrounding the logging in the Chapman Creek Watershed. It will continue to do because the decisions and actions taken in that watershed will impact the planned logging in our watershed.
Closer to home, a strategy meeting was held Monday evening regarding our own logging issues. Area A Director John Rees came to that meeting apparently of his own volition to explain the role of the Advisory Committee he would like to see established that would 'sit down and work with' the loggers. However, he first took the Friends of Egmont to task after reading this blog and noting our criticism of how he went about notifying this community. We stand by that post and say he should have called a community meeting himself and discussed this issue with everyone. As it is, he is asking those interested in sitting on this committee to email him. He informed us that he has received two emails expressing interest but said he was not at liberty to say who those emails were from. Why? He is afraid they will be unduly influenced before the committee meets? Is this how an open and democratic system operates? Right, carry on.
We were also informed of all the steps the SCRD Board has taken on this watershed issue. Obviously, our Director never went beyond that one post because we noted all the motions proposed and carried by the Board back on July 5th. Well, protesters down south are now sayiing, "Big Deal!!" as they watch the Chapman Creek watershed stripped of 1000 year old cedars. The SCRD is patting itself on the back for what?
Yes, we do have a unique and "delicate" issue up here with the logging to be carried out by Tsain Ko Forest Development Corporation; but, a watershed is a watershed regardless of who is doing the logging.