The City of Campbell River is throwing its support behind B.C.’s forestry sector.

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Mayor Andy Adams wrote to forests minister Katrine Conroy, urging that any decisions made regarding the sector “be based on facts and science.”

“At their April 26 meeting, City of Campbell River Council received correspondence from Bob Brash, Executive Director of the Truck Loggers Association (TLA), outlining their concerns about the City of Nanaimo Council decision regarding logging of at-risk old —growth forests in the province. Mr. Brash further offered to brief several Vancouver Island councils on the TLA perspective on BC’s forest sector and working forests,” Adams’ letter said.

“At the same meeting, City of Campbell River Council passed a resolution to contact you,  Premier Horgan and Minister Osborne as well as BC MLAs to urge the Province that decisions made regarding the forest sector be based on facts and science.”

The city was reacting to a motion passed by Nanaimo council, calling on the province to defer logging in all and at-risk old-growth forests.

Adams says Council believes that coastal forest operations “are threatened by misinformation.” 

“Campbell River is a coastal forestry hub, and we view forestry as an essential component of economic recovery during and following the pandemic,” his letter continued.

“The City of Campbell River asks that you consider our concerns while making important decisions.”