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Posted March 5, 2010

Protect old grove before it's too late

Letter to the Editor from Ariella Falkowski, Times Colonist, March 4, 2010

The provincial government should not let the mostly undisturbed grove in the Gordon River Valley, nicknamed Avatar Grove, be logged. It is a gem of an ecosystem and with so little of our old-growth forests left, it is not something we can afford to lose. With its proximity to Port Renfrew, it will be very beneficial for bringing in tourists, which will support local economies.

People will not come from all over the world to see giant stumps and ugly clearcuts. Tourists come to Canada to see the natural beauty that we have left.

An immediate land-use order is needed to protect this grove of old-growth red cedar and Douglas fir trees. A provincial old-growth strategy is also needed to protect and sustainably manage the remaining old growth in our province. All logging that goes on in our second-growth forests should be sustainable so that they remain healthy for many generations to come.


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