As a follow-up to yesterday’s post this is the letter that I sent to stop proposed logging at Ghost Pass Lake:
“Honourable Steve Thomson
BC Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
PO Box 9049 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, BC V8W 9E2
RE: Proposed Logging at Ghost Pass Lake (Teal Cedar Cutblocks SQ223 and SQ222)
Ghost Pass Lake has been a popular hiking destination for decades, and has been featured for over 40 years in various editions of the book 103 Hikes in Southwestern BC; I am amoung the many thousands of people who have enjoyed its majestic beauty.
It shockes me that Teal Cedar is proposing to log two cutblocks (SQ223 and SQ222), which surround Ghost Pass Lake and are only separated from it by a narrow 200 metre buffer. These cutblocks would greatly degrade the wilderness recreation and habitat values of the area.
Further, Ghost Pass Lake is located within the range of the North Cascade grizzly bear population. This population has been designated as “threatened” under the provincial Grizzly Bear Conservation Strategy, and is shared with Washington State where it is listed as “threatened” under the United States’ federal Endangered Species Act. The forests around Ghost Pass Lake form the edge of the large roadless wilderness area that surrounds the Ghost Pass Lake Trail, and as such it is very important as grizzly bear habitat.
This historic trail should be protected, not face destruction and habitat decimation. I urge you to not allow logging of any type in this valuable natural habitat area.
Today’s “stone” is Day 307 writing wild, writing opinion, writing to save the environment