Take action on clearcuts

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When we hear the words “clear-cut”, it’s easy to immediately call to mind a virgin Malaysian rainforest being razed to the ground to plant palms to produce oil for the vital production of our all-important cakes and cookies.

When we hear the words “clear-cut”, it’s easy to immediately call to mind a virgin Malaysian rainforest being razed to the ground to plant palms to produce oil for the vital production of our all-important cakes and cookies.
But Katharine Fletcher’s “Our Environment” column in the April 6th Journal drew attention to questionable forestry practices taking place right under our very noses.
As she pointed out, logging has been the backbone of the Pontiac’s economy for many years. But to literally clear a forest right down to the water’s edge? To devastate a wooded area in such a way that it will take a century to regenerate? It can’t be legal; it must be prevented.
We must all take responsibility to notice what is happening to the natural areas around us and, if necessary, call attention to something that seems wrong. I look forward to hearing more information about what has happened on these two particular lots in Thorne and also to hear from the MRC Pontiac’s forestry authority on the matter.

Kate Aley
MUNICIPALITY OF PONTIAC