FIGHTING FOR THE RIGHT TO LIVE AND WORK.
Support private land owner rights, working farms, builders and forestry jobs for residents on Salt Spring Island by opposing the "Protection of Coastal Douglas-fir and Associated Eco-systems Project" proposed by the Islands Trust. The Islands Trust Is trying to cram this through during Covid without proper public discourse.
They have been at it for years! Paying biologists with our tax dollars! To then take away rights from Private Land Owners, farmers and workers! The very people who pay the taxes!! This is insanity!! Those opposed need to join together to stop this before it is too late!!
The meeting referred to as the "kick off" for the CDF project by the Islands trust for anyone who was not attending started off with one of the trustees saying "70% of the island could be clear cut tomorrow" this ridiculous statement is nothing more than fearmongering and propaganda.
This type of propaganda has been being pushed by eco-radicals here on SSI through social media and the local paper for far too long. A few weeks back there was an opinion piece published by the local paper about loggers and logging here on SSI, likening them and what they do to people who took first nations children away to residential schools. With articles weekly demonizing the logging and loggers, the eco-radicals and the Islands Trust are pushing the idea that there is some sort of crisis where there is none. Their agenda is pretty clear, with talk of a by-law being implemented for a permit to be required to fall one tree. These eco-radicals march around the island mercilessly,
trespassing on private land snooping around, taking pictures, with nothing better to do than plan how to threaten the lively hoods of private land owners, farmers, forestry workers, sawmill operators etc with their eco-radical delusions. Some of these eco-radicals are retired, independently wealthy folks coming from God knows where with their sanctimonious ideas and delusions about how old time Salt Springers should be going about their lawful business. Some also have been long time Island residents who have been crying "the sky is falling, the sky is falling" all the while.
This needs to stop.
A B.C. government fact sheet quoted by premier John Horgan States "Old growth forests are not disappearing in Canada. There is more than 25 million hectares of old growth forests in B.C. About 4.5 million hectares are fully protected representing and area larger than Vancouver Island."
On Salt Spring Island old growth forests are NOT logged, here second growth forests are logged at a rate of 25 thousand cubic meters at best annually. Meanwhile the annual growth is over 350 thousand cubic meters!! and compounding annually. Making the forestry here 100% sustainable. The Douglas Fir Project the Islands Trust is proposing completely disregards this fact. The hard working people and their families are also being completely disregarded and their lively hoods are being threatened, not to mention the private land owners, whose rights are being threatened as well. Salt Spring already has stringent rules and regulations when it comes to logging/developing private property, from developmental permit areas to riparian zones. We do not need any more rules and regulations added to the myriad of existing hurdles placed in front of private property owners, farmers, loggers, local sawmill operators, machine operators, builders etc.
A 2 acre or 20 acre piece of private property being cleared for pasture, a home or both is NOT a CLEAR CUT.
Properly managed forests protect wildlife habitat, supporting tens of thousands of JOBS in Canada (which pulls a great number of our indigenous people out of poverty) and reduces the risk of disease and forest fires. This empowers our forest sector and creates jobs at a time when they are needed most.
Eco Radical groups not just on Salt Spring but all across Canada are effectively threatening the lively hoods of hard working people not just in the forest sector but in all the resource based industries. Keeping them from going to work in great, well managed industries is truly a disservice to us all. It is so disheartening and shameful that the Islands Trust and the eco-radicals are causing hard working people to have to spend their invaluable time off from work fighting for the right to make a living while they ought to be enjoying their time with their families and moving forward in positive endeavours. It is more than shameful and disheartening, it's a crime.
Sign here to petition the Provincial Government to terminate the "Protection of Coastal Douglas-fir and Associated Eco-systems Project" proposed by the Islands Trust.