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Environmentalists explain importance of old growth
Alberni Valley News, February 19, 2015Port Alberni city councillor Chris Alemany and his daughter, Jade, listen to biologist Mike Stini explain the importance old growth to wildlife habitats during a tour of the Cameron Firebreak on Sunday, Feb. 15.
With logging in the Alberni Valley not showing any signs of slowing down, Jane Morden and Sarah Thomas of the Watershed Forest Alliance and local biologist Mike Stini spent several hours on Sunday, Feb. 15 showing Coun. Chris Alemany and his wife, Theresa, and kids, Jade and Josh, around the Cameron Firebreak.
While the area is not a part of the city's watershed, the old growth and steep terrain make it similar to McLaughlin Ridge, a steep slope above China Creek. China Creek is Port Alberni and Beaver Creek's main drinking water source, with current turbidity levels low enough that that the city is applying for a filtration waiver. According to city engineer Guy Cicon, current water conditions make him confident that the city will receive the waiver.
The WFA is concerned that if old growth in McLaughlin Ridge is logged, the natural filtration it provides will be lost.