At the information meeting on the new woodlots on Gambier Island, the forestry reps did not mention the existing woodlot at all. They referred us to woodlots at Port Alberni and Sumas Mountain, which I felt were not comparable to a woodlot on Gambier. Gambier has very high recreational value, is extremely scenic and on the doorstep of Metro Vancouver. As a kayaker and hiker, I have visited it many times.
There are not many beaches on the northeast side of Gambier for kayaks and other boats to land. Personally, I would prefer not to share what small beaches are therewith a skidder or a booming ground. Hikers generally avoid logging roads.
But that's missing the point. Gambier's value lies in its environmental benefits - fish-bearing streams, herring spawning areas and old growth trees. And in its recreational benefits. The area of the proposed woodlots is very beautiful and should not be marred by new roads and logging. And it is a healthy, educational playground for the kids who attend the camps on Gambier.
These new woodlots are totally inappropriate and should be cancelled.