Add Schmidt Creek Valley and Peel Mountain to Lower Tsitika River Provincial Park

Add Schmidt Creek Valley and Peel Mountain to Lower Tsitika River Provincial Park

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Elphinstone Logging Focus Society (ELF) started this petition to FLNR.minister@gov.bc.ca and

Dear Minister Donaldson and Premier Horgan

On the east coast of Vancouver Island, we've been lobbying for two years to have the minuscule Lower Tsitika River Provincial Park connected and expanded. The Schmidt Creek Forest provides connectivity between two ecological zones existing as biological islands. The sedimentation run off and land slide potential from current logging operations on the steep slopes of Schmidt Creek cut blocks auctioned by BC Timber Sales threatens the Orca rubbing beaches of Lower Tsitika Provincial Park delta area. We and many others, demand that you join the park up with Schmidt Creek Valley, on the south and Mount Peel, the next valley over, which would preserve countless animal and plant species. However, FLNR and BC Timber Sales have sided with industry to allow the timber sale to proceed to LeMare logging company.

Our organization, urges you to make an executive decision and suspend this timber sale in the Schmidt. If you seriously think that protecting 54 trees is enough to get BC out of the bio-diversity crisis, help stem climate change and protect at-risk forest ecosystems then I hope you'll do further background checking on this subject.

Your government needs a GOOD NEWS STORY on the forestry front to counteract the negative implications of a weak announcement, the latest window dressing ofprotecting 54 iconic trees across the province with a 1 hectare buffer zone.  Here is a solution: expand the Lower Tsitika River Provincial Park now. Don't wait for more studies -  the writing is on the wall - a healthy environment that includes wider forest protection is critical to the future of B.C. and the Planet.

Eartha Muirhead and Ross Muirhead

ELF - Forest Campaigners

loggingfocus.org

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