URGENT - Only 40 people have attended the first three Forest Zoom Meetings. Just one left!

Zoom meetings and a survey will describe the "vision" for how North Cowichan's Six-Mountains Forest (MFR) should be managed going forward. Only about 40 people have attended so far! Disappointingly low! Please sign up for last Zoom meeting and let your vision be heard!

Last Meeting of the four is on Thursday December 2nd, 6:30-8:30pm.  Register here for the link:

If you can't make the last meeting, PLEASE take part in the Survey:

A heads up on the format of the meeting:
Small break out groups. No pressure. It's OK to use audio only, video not required. You can read from notes. It's OK to give single word points - just nouns. Notes are taken on a white board as we take turns speaking. 

Within the Breakout groups you will take turns answering four questions. Here are a list of my answers to show how brief they can be:

1. Why are you here?
To advocate for: Future generations  Coastal Douglas Fir ecology. Biodiversity. Hiking and recreational trails. Birds and other wildlife. Climate Resilience. Oxygen production. 

2. What is the most important thing for people to know?
The existing 70-year-old forests are not tree plantations even though they are second growth. They are naturally regenerated, diverse, forest ecosystems, never sprayed with glyphosates, never planted as single crop timber farm, and predating the spread of invasives. In many ways they are already functioning as old growth. 
The out-of-sight, backsides of the mountains have been logged extensively, so future logging will likely be where we live, walk, bike - in our viewscapes. 
UBC says we can make the same revenue from carbon credits as from logging.
Coastal Douglas Fir ecozone is the most endangered ecosystem in BC, with the highest Species At Risk and the highest amount of privately owned land (80%).
63% of the Municipal Forest Reserve logs are sent raw offshore.

3. What are your forest values?
Visual. Spiritual. Mental/physical health. Recreational Hiking, biking and horseback riding.  Hunting. Foraging. Mushrooming. Work Carbon sequestration. Revenue from carbon credits. Intact forests.  Climate resilence. Stay on top of invasive species through intact canopies and undisturbed soil. Mycellium networks Water sheds. Oxygen. No logging trees except for fire safety—cut branches, leave on ground. Plant alder and other nitrogen correcting deciduous trees—also serve as fire blocks.

4. What should the UBC groups scenarios manage for?
Forest recovery. Leaving trees for forest food, soil and critters.  Carbon project for revenue. Leave nature to regrow the forests to old growth. Thin only for fire safety

Icel Dobell
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