Saving forests prevents erosion
I am a firm believer that there is a happy medium between deforestation and farm profit. In the past year, I have noticed more woodlots have been cleared and hedgerows have been removed then I have ever seen before. The number of logs leaving P.E.I. on trucks is quite staggering. What concerns me is the lack of action taken by the government to prevent erosion, soil loss and fish kills which could be averted by offering tax incentives or something equally as attractive to woodlot/ hedgerow owners.
A stimulus that would make a woodlot equal to a crop. We know that in addition to preventing erosion, forests offer watershed protection and mitigate climate change as well as provide important wildlife habitat. We have all seen the red snow created by soil drifting off fields, pictures of fish kill and runnels of water cascading after a heavy rain. More and more information is coming forth on the value of trees for mental health. The government has been offering reforestation packages to recreate hedgerows and replant open areas. Why not prevent the cutting in the first place by making it financially viable for a woodlot owner to manage his forest in a healthy profitable way for him/ herself and future generations to come?
Martha Howatt, Borden-Carleton