Say no to private clearcuts in the Columbia Valley

Columbia Lake residents are in an uproar at a proposed logging operation on private land that threatened their drinking water source. Because of very weak private land logging regulations, there is little local government can do to protect this water source from logging.

This time, the landowner is willing to work with concerned local residents, Wildsight, and the Regional District to protect the water source, but next time we might not be so lucky.

Please speak up for much-needed changes to the Private Managed Forest Lands Act today.

The lack of regulations for private land logging has shifted the burden to communities, forcing British Columbians to pay the price for lax provincial rules that let big companies claim tax breaks while clearcutting vast areas. Water, wildlife, and community recreation suffer in community after community when private land logging destroys forests. The Union of BC Municipalities has passed 15 resolutions dating back to 1991 asking the province to fix private land logging regulations, yet no real action has been taken.

Tell Forests Minister Katrine Conroy that the Private Managed Forest Lands Act needs to be fixed today to stop private clearcuts and protect our communities.