‘Active Conservation’ — the best management plan for forest reserve
On-line survey with four scenarios must be completed by Dec. 31
North Cowichan has posted an on-line survey asking the public to select from four potential scenarios for future management of the 5,000-hectare Municipal Forest Reserve, with a deadline of Dec. 31.
“Active Conservation” offers the best way forward.
It would generate a projected net revenue of $35.1 million over 30 years, allow the annual harvest of 3.9 hectares — not clearcutting, but for purposes such as restoring/enhancing ecosystem conditions that promote biodiversity — while providing job opportunities, including for local First Nations.
Before you complete the survey, read the accompanying Discussion Guide: https://bit.ly/3gBwlOX
Then learn about critical information not found in the Guide: https://bit.ly/3FfCNUn
Now, you’re ready to go: https://bit.ly/3HaWVJV .
People from outside North Cowichan can also complete the survey.
Importantly, please also sign up for on-line sessions — Dec. 6 and 12, 6–8 p.m.— that allow you to tell others why you support conservation of our forest reserve, better known as the Six Mountains.
Dec. 6 registration: https://bit.ly/3OTGPG8 .
Dec. 12 registration: https://bit.ly/3VrlAOj .
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