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No negotiation progress as Island Timberlands’ plans to log Cortes Island forests remain virtually unchanged

June 19, 2012

by Carrie Saxifrage via Vancouver Observer

Six thousand eight hundred petition signatures brought media attention and pressure to bear on Island Timberlands’(IT) plans to log significant ecosystems on Cortes Island, including some of the rare, remaining coastal old growth Douglas fir. Those forests have been featured on MTV’s show “The Buried Life” and have inspired a multitude of creative videos. The petition itself was delivered to the offices of IT’s parent company, Brookfield Asset Management, in London, Hong Kong, Sydney, Toronto, Rio de Janeiro and Vancouver. The result of the petition was that Island Timberlands put off their logging plans and agreed to meet to discuss the issues first.

So far, three meetings have occurred. The most recent meeting was May 31. Despite small concessions, IT’s logging plans still call for extensive destruction of the significant ecosystems and old-growth forests that the thousands of people who signed the petition are trying to protect.

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