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28-Oct: The truth about a Community Forest: how it could tear Bowen Island apart

Although the threat of industrial logging on Bowen Island has receded somewhat, we are hearing about the possibility of creating a community forest/woodlot and how that will give us control over what happens with our forests. But all is not what it seems.

On October 28th we heard about community forests and what could happen on Bowen Island from Ric Careless. For over 45 years, Ric has campaigned tirelessly to keep the best of British Columbia beautiful and natural. His work has entailed several encounters with the Forest Service trying to push Community Forests onto innocent smaller communities … often with unfortunate results.

Ric, who lives in Gibsons in Howe Sound, has led campaigns that have protected 10 million acres of land as parks and wilderness, including Tatshenshini, Spatsizi, Central Purcells, Height of the Rockies, and Nitinat Triangle in Pacific Rim. Ric was a co-founder of the Sierra Club in BC, and has received numerous awards for his work, including the Order of BC.