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Industry doing all the cooperating

In reference to the guest column "Protection/Certification Link a Step to Peace in the Woods" in the February issue of Logging and Sawmilling Journal, from my perspective it appears that the forest industry is doing all the cooperating, rather than the World Wildlife Fund.

The recent Lands for Life agreement in Ontario is an open-ended agreement in favour of the WWF and will only lead to further alienation of land from the forest industry.

In Ontario, the WWF and other environmental organizations want 20 per cent of the forest area left to parks. They will eventually get this, plus more. I firmly believe that their aim is to turn Canada's forests into one big park. Watch out BC forest industry! John Broadhead, who coordinates the BC Endangered Spaces Campaign run by the WWF, is quoted in the column as saying: "There's a point where fatigue sets in. There's a human resources cost to environmental organizations in being constantly involved in conflict ."

Has Mr. Broadhead ever considered the "human fatigue" that Weyerhaeuser's Stan Coleman is exposed to in his capacity of Woodlands Manager? Mr. Coleman has the responsibility of ensuring that the required fibre and logs are delivered to the mills at the right time, in the proper quantities and at a reasonable cost. It is not an easy task I have been there.

I agree that protected areas are required, but not to the extent desired by the environmental organizations and where the forest industry is impacted to the point where it can't operate efficiently and at a reasonable cost.

Larry Lounder, RPF
Espanola, Ontario

Industry has made real progress

I would like to commend Jim Stirling on his Industry Watch column (Pause to Take a Look at the Big Picture) in the March issue.

Our industry has problems, but as he pointed out so well, we have made real progress and we have a lot to be thankful for.

Thank you for the positive focus.

Daniel Jacobson
Lumby, BC

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