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PostThu Aug 16, 2018 10:00 am 
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PostThu Aug 16, 2018 10:51 am 
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Well, although the timber harvesting activity on this side of the border was curtailed by the NWFP and appeal after appeal after appeal by various "environmental" groups, the demand for structural lumber still existed, and British Columbia has been meeting that demand (subsidized by the Canadian government) for some time now.

If, instead, we continued to extract a renewable resource from public lands to help fill the demand, we would have not have been complicit in creating the demand from outside our own borders.

The argument about the introduction of sediment into the river corridor affecting anadromous salmonids is nonsense; there are several dams downstream that are impounding all that sediment.
(Of course, there's always the handy "Bull Trout" argument that can be pulled out; whether or not they actually exist doesn't matter - simply having "suitable habitat" is enough to cause a snag. (i.e., bridge over Phelan Creek on FS road 2180-010.))

Not content with virtually halting timber harvest activity here, we now have people going after foreign governments. lol.gif

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PostThu Aug 16, 2018 1:05 pm 
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Interventions causing distortions calling for more interventions. As you pointed out it would have been less trouble to merely log here using proper practices.

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Looks like the Cascades of the 80s, guess they are starting to catch up now.

Strange direction for Horgan, he's usually been more friendly towards (perhaps even defensive of) the environment.
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Here's an updated article on this project in the Times:
Canadian company applies for permit for exploratory mining in headwaters of Skagit River

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The company, Imperial Metals, has applied to drill for mineral deposits for as many as five years, according to a document describing the project, released Wednesday. Imperial Metals would extend a recently cut logging road, set up trenches and build settling ponds for the exploratory drilling work in an area believed to have gold and copper.

The company is well known in Canada because of an environmental disaster at its Mount Polley mine, when a dam there failed and allowed billions of gallons of gold- and copper-mining waste to flood into local waterways.

The project is at 49.1750000, -121.0250000
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