Generic Letter on the Reduction of Forests in Canada Wednesday, October 19, 1994 Bud Wildmen Minister of Natural Resources, Canada 9th Floor, Room 6301, Whitney Block 99 Wellsley Street West Toronto, Ontario M7A 1W3 RE: THE REDUCTION OF OUR FORESTS IN CANADA Dear Mr. Wildmen: I, xxx, am a student at Northern Secondary School here in Toronto. Being a citizen of Ontario, I have many concerns on mind with the forestry industries in Canada. In the December 28, 1987 issue of the Globe & Mail, an article, People In B.C. Logging Town Fear Riches Running Out stated that in British Columbia, MacMillan Bloedel Ltd.
destroys twenty square kilometers of rain forest every year in the Queen Charlotte Islands, and sells it for a hundred million dollars. This logging company employs a third of the island’s work force of 1,500 people. This is just one company in Canada which helps limiting our forests. There are many other corporations that contribute in the mass enterprise. These corporations cause large clear cuts in Canada today that would have been all forests some years ago.
It is well known that the decrements of the forests will leave us without trees in the next few decades. It will also cause many wildlife species to find a new environment to live and may cause climatical changes. However, if we decide not to cut trees, our economy will suffer greatly due to the many job losses. If we decide to continue with the cutting of trees, our economy will still suffer in the near future–where all jobs will still be lost because there will not be any trees to cut! Therefore, both these decisions will leave us with an extreme upset. Now, with new technological advancements, we have learned how to make our forests grow forty percent faster with forest replantation.
This may help us to keep our forests living for a extended duration, but it does not satisfy wildlife. Forest replantation actually gives off harmful chemicals to other species and the killing of these species will alter our economy also. We cannot terminate nor endorse the cutting of our forests. Our alternative is to enhance the system of forest replantation. More money and support should be put towards this method of saving our forests.
We need more studies to be done with this system to strengthen it and try ridding it of its drawbacks. Forest industries must be forced to financially assist and use the forest replantation system. They must be able to afford the assistance with all the money they have profited in previous years, but they are just too selfish to do so. We should come upon a law in which every tree that is cut down, at least two are replanted successfully so we may be able to gain the large stock of forests which we had many years ago. This may slow our economy down, but at least it will not destroy it–and there may be a possibility (if everbody co-operatives) that we can gain the large forests that we had many years ago. There is much we can do, but all must be co-operative and willing. If no such actions are taken seriously, I cannot imagine what our lives will be like in the future. Yours Truly, xxxx Concerned Citizen.