Death by a Thousand Clearcuts

Humanity has entered the Anthropocene: a time when species disappear, when national economies teeter on the brink, when the very weather turns against us.

This webpage bears witness to the style of government decision-making that has brought us to this point – a reckless willingness to sacrifice tomorrow’s need to today’s expediency.

The story recounted here is part of a much larger story currently unfolding across the face of the earth. The moral of this story is everywhere the same.

AT ISSUE ARE THREE REGRETTABLE SITUATIONS now playing out in the Clearwater Valley of beautiful British Columbia, two hours north of Kamloops and six hours northeast of Vancouver.

(1) Designer Extinction:

  • Government and corporate complicity in the collapse and pending extinction of the uniquely Canadian Deep-Snow Mountain Caribou – this in a portion of the range that offered unsurpassed opportunity for long-term persistence.

(2) Broken-treaty Governance:

  • Government and corporate betrayal of a formal land-use agreement intended to strike a lasting balance among local stakeholders with competing interests in the forest land base.

(3) Economic Foreclosure:

  • Government and corporate hindrance of efforts to create a sustainable economic driver for small rural communities now faced with an uncertain future.

THE COMMON DENOMINATOR IN ALL THREE SITUATIONS IS:

(4) Poor Land Stewardship:

  • Government and corporate prioritization of timber supply over healthy ecosystem function.

ALL THREE SITUATIONS HAVE BEEN MADE POSSIBLE BY:

(5) Moral Laxity:

  • The willingness of a great many civil servants, corporate employees and registered professionals to sacrifice the long-term public good to short-term corporate gain..

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