Stand off in the woods
July 27, 2008 By Pulp & Paper Canada
The war is on. Environmental officials are pitting against MaMook Natural Resources and Coulson Forest Products…
The war is on. Environmental officials are pitting against MaMook Natural Resources and Coulson Forest Products in a struggle to preserve rain forest in Vancouver Island’s Clayoquot Sound. Environmental groups have issued an ultimatum to the companies, warning they have until Monday, July 28 to vacate the forest, or be subjected to blockades, CTV has reported.
“The intact valleys are our line in the sand…That’s our bottom line,” CTV reported Maryjka Mychajlowycz, a forest campaigner with the Friends of Clayoquot Sound, as saying. While the groups have not confirmed what sorts of action they intend on taking if the forestry companies do not comply, a rally is scheduled to take place in Tofino, BC next weekend.
The two forestry companies have a presence in Hesquiat Point Creek, which is north of Maquinna Provincial Park in the northern reaches of the sound, CTV confirmed.
Environmental groups are requesting a two-year hold on any plans for the forest, a timeframe they claim would provide an opportunity for the province to establish a conservation plan, as well as get funding in place for ecologically-minded opportunities.
Environmental officials claim they have attempted to engage the two companies in discussion, but were unable to reach a solution.
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