Letter to the Editor: Governments failing forest industry
G. Manners, The Citizen, October 27, 2010
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Second-growth forests logged and destined for raw export. Southern Vancouver Island.
Photo by TJ Watt
As you may be well aware, our successive B.C. governments have had no interest in delaying or stopping logging of old growth trees. Their record is abysmal plus disgraceful in this regard.
The exporting of B.C timber in the round, is tantamount to cutting one's nose off to spite one's face.
Our once-vibrant forestry industry is so emasculated it is now a ghost of its former self. Yet we still export raw logs!
This misguided conduct by foresters, abetted by our government, yea, even encouraged by them, has all the indication of a policy that is out of touch with reality.
Plywood, furniture, pre-assembled units, these are non-existent today.
Sawmills have gone the way of the dodo, because of the lack of upgrading or the offer of financial backing at reasonable rates.
To see the province's infrastructure go down the tube is not my idea of a sustainable economy.
Mr. Premier, please take your head out of the sand soon.
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