Stop the Avafraud!

Letters

Congratulations to the Ancient Forest Alliance and the Port Renfrew Chamber of Commerce for thier marketing of “Avatar Grove.”

The AFA has filled their coffers with tens of thousand of dollars and some Port Renfrew businesses reportedly had record years.

The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources is now proposing to make “Avatar Grove” another (we have dozens) Old Growth Management Unit.

Ha ha, you’ve all been duped. Teal-Jones’ surveys indicated little value regarding the Avatar Grove area so the company has never filed for a cutting permit, so it was never in danger of being logged. Teal-Jones will be happy since Avatar Grove will be swapped for an equal measure of other forest land (better) in the TFL.

This means Port Renfrew will be stuck with Avafraud. It’s not close to being comparable with Cathedral Grove. It certainly isn’t flat (apologies to all the elderly not capable of rapelling in and out of the grove). It certainly is not a reprensentive chunk of old growth. The grove has big dying trees surrounded by diseased 100-year-old hemlock (look at the pictures) which emit carbon. Thousands of the urbane have now came and visited the grove, enjoyed it, littered it and climbed all over its biggest treasure, the gnarly tree. The AFA’s own website has lots of pictures of members and enthusiasts climbing and posing on the tree. This is how you treat your treasured elderly?

I’d like to see some good old growth saved, not this piece that was rejected by the forest company.

You have until Nov.9 to let the ministry know your views at RenfrewOMGA@gov.bc.ca .

Greg Klem

Port Renfrew