Nov 15/ 2021
Dear Editor,

I have to ask BCís Premier and all MLAs why we continue to clear cut our proven first line of defense against mudslides, floods and climate change? Will the already-subsidized forestry industry pitch in for the collateral damages? Will the rock bottom stumpage we receive from clear cut salvage logging our crown forests pay for externalities?

All highways to Vancouver are closed. Coquihalla, and Fraser Canyon due to slides. Agassiz Highway 7 has two slides with cars trapped between the slides. The Hope Princeton highway now has a slide and a river across the road near the Hope Slide and there is a power outage in Hope to Eastgate in Manning Park. Hwy 1 west of Hope at Popkum and Bridal Falls has slides. Highway to Revelstoke is closed too! Merrittís entire water system is going down and residents have been told to avoid using water.

Many areas of the province are already under evacuation orders and alerts, the saturation and atmospheric river continues.

Flooding in Abbotsford so bad that an emergency centre has been opened for evacuees. The Canada Task Force 1 that is sent to countries to help with earthquakes and such is being sent to the Agassiz slide to help.

You know itís bad when they get sent in.

Peachland endured two massive slides near clear cut logging blocks in 2017 (and many minor ones in 2018), one was substantial enough to prompt the mayor to call a state of emergency.

Yet we continue to clear cut and deforest at an alarming rate all our native, built in, free, proven, successful front-line methods of flood and mudslide controls, our forests. We have had the science linking forest cover loss to increased hydrological events for some time now.

Maybe itís time to be more precautionary; climate change is here.

Taryn Skalbania
Peachland, BC