Port Bland­ford Cit­i­zens Against Clearcut­ting re­ceive sup­port from ad­vo­cacy group

CPAWS ap­peals to Min­is­ter Byrne to work with res­i­dents

The Packet (Clarenville) - - Editorial - Edi­tor@thep­acket.ca

The Port Bland­ford Cit­i­zens Against Clearcut­ting group is re­ceiv­ing some help the wilder­ness pro­tec­tion group Cana­dian Parks and Wilder­ness So­ci­ety (CPAWS).

In a news re­lease is­sued April 4, the Port Bland­ford com­mit­tee says CPAWS New­found­land and Labrador pres­i­dent Dan Fricken sent a let­ter on March 29 to De­part­ment of Fish­eries and Land Re­sources min­is­ter Gerry Byrne ask­ing him to work with the com­mu­nity “to bring about a mod­i­fied and more for­ward­look­ing ap­proach to for­est man­age­ment in their area.”

The Port Bland­ford com­mit­tee was formed to pre­vent planned clearcut­ting in the zone 2 forestry area near Port Bland­ford and the South­west River Val­ley.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­lease from the com­mit­tee, Fricken noted in his let­ter to the min­is­ter that the Port Bland­ford Cit­i­zens Against Clearcut­ting group pro­posed changes to the gov­ern­ment’s 2017-2022 forestry man­age­ment plan to bet­ter re­flect their val­ues and in­ter­ests: the tourism, recre­ation and value-added for­est us­age on which they de­pend.

He adds, their pro­posal for lower im­pact, smaller scale op­er­a­tions over a longer pe­riod of time with on­go­ing re­plant­ing is con­sis­tent with Sus­tain­able For­est Man­age­ment as ex­pressed in the Cana­dian Bo­real For­est Agree­ment of 2010.

The let­ter was read at a com­mu­nity meet­ing Wed­nes­day night at the Port Bland­ford Le­gion. Com­mit­tee mem­ber Clarence White has worked with CPAWS since the Port Bland­ford group was formed in late Fe­bru­ary.

“We need to make ev­ery­one aware of how im­por­tant the South­west River Val­ley is to Port Bland­ford’s econ­omy, as well as to the so­cial val­ues of the peo­ple of the area,” says White in the re­lease. “We are so en­cour­aged by CPAWS’ sup­port. We feel it will help us move for­ward to work with gov­ern­ment to stop clearcut­ting in the area, and to de­velop a plan that bet­ter re­flects the needs and vi­sion of this com­mu­nity.”

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