Care­ful choices dis­tort the true pic­ture

South Western Times - - Letters To The Editor - Bernie Masters, Pep­per­mint Grove Beach

JOHN Vukovich's anti-log­ging let­ter, Baf­fling po­lit­i­cal logic hurt­ing our unique forests, South Western Times, July 20, re­quires fur­ther com­ment. He quotes the to­tal num­ber of peo­ple em­ployed in the tourism in­dus­try but does not in­clude the thou­sands of peo­ple who are in­volved in the down­stream pro­cess­ing of tim­ber prod­ucts used – for ex­am­ple, in fur­ni­ture, floor­ing, arts and crafts, and silicon pro­duc­tion. He also fails to men­tion that tourism is gen­er­ally a sea­sonal in­dus­try in the South West, whereas tim­ber pro­duc­tion and as­so­ci­ated in­dus­tries op­er­ate through­out the year. He also could have men­tioned the other ben­e­fits pro­vided by the For­est Prod­ucts Com­mis­sion, such as fight­ing bush­fires and the man­age­ment of forests that were logged but not prop­erly re­gen­er­ated by past gen­er­a­tions. Mr Vukovich con­tin­ues a long tra­di­tion of anti-log­ging ac­tivists dis­tort­ing the truth to suit their own pre­ferred anti-de­vel­op­ment out­comes.

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