....In less than sixteen years
we will enter the new century. The one with the funny Numbers
that have a ring of space
and moon travel.
It’s an exciting thought. Are you ready for it?
....Is anybody in the forest
industry ready for it? I suppose the trees will be because
they’ll just add on another ring, same as they did back
in 1900 or 1800. That is, the trees that are growing.
....For you see, there will be
a lot more space that doesn’t have trees growing –
maybe just bush – because of the present political decisions
across Canada concerning silviculture and planting practices.
....We have been given warnings
by the eminent men of forestry in our country that we cannot
continue to intensively cut – as we are doing –
without sub-stantial increases to our forest hus-bandry practices.
....In spite of the warnings
and clear facts put before provincial and federal governments,
answers come back from our political people that there are
other priorities more needing and the recession is the culprit.
....We know we are on dangerous
ground with our lack of forestry research and our lack of
silviculture and planting. Anyone who would argue the case
is simply refusing to look at the facts.
....But do we know that we are
on far more dangerous ground regarding the forest education
of our people, parti-cularly our young?
....For years there has been
a hue and cry across the land from the leaders of our forestry
schools and forest research institutions that not enough money
and talent is being put into all phases of forest education
and forest research.
....Forests and forest products
have been a dominant force in our Canadian
....The reason for the above
would lie somewhere between people in govern-ment not really
realizing the importance
of our forests
and their resources – to an apathy that the resource
....Provincial governments are
lords to most of the forest growing land in Canada. They set
their standards and they are responsible for overseeing of
the crop. In the United States, privatiz-ation of forest land
is common and therefore the private companies hold a different
outlook on what is theirs, against what the companies in Canada
simply lease. There is a difference, Charlie!
....The recession has hurt and
no one makes light of that fact. And in order to stay in business,
West Coast companies are exporting more and more logs to foreign
countries. The shame here is that research in the golden years
awhile back might have given us more secondary industries
today so we could get better value for our trees.
....My point in all this is that
we have never taught the public who live outside the realm
of forests and forestry that this great renewable resource
has to be cared for with intelligence and deter-mination.
This is a huge subject spread across 5,000 miles of land and
it has variable regions, variable problems and many variable
....We can’t reach that
public when school teachers don’t understand that renewable
resource. And few do.
....We can’t reach that
public when the media don’t take the time to tell the
complete forest story. And often they don’t.
....We can’t reach the
public when our own large forest companies don’t understand
how to get their own message across. There is a long way to
go for most of these companies to gain
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all the boom building times since the Second World War. They
can continue that dominance if we obey some simple rules.
With a renew-able resource, you put back what you take. We
are not doing that in our forest policy. And you also make
positively sure that you have a steady supply of well trained
and motivated people coming along who can harvest, tend and
research the crops of the future.
....We constantly read in forestry
perio-dicals about lack of research and lack of educational
needs. In a way, that’s the in-formed talking to the
informed. It’s a shame that these stories can’t
be presented – with headlines – in our public’s
daily literature. But then – I wonder just how interested
most of the public is in such news!
....They undoubtedly are interested
in great forest fires – or monster har-vesting machines
– but I doubt that the average Mr. And Mrs. Public care
much about the technicalities of our forests.
....Great amounts of money have
been taken in over the years for the general revenues of provincial
and federal governments from our forest resources. The totals
would be staggering if you counted the taxes of corporations
and work force – the stumpage and royalties and the
various taxes on forest related machinery.
....It has always been a bone
of con-tention that while a lot of money goes in to the government
from our forests, not near enough comes back out to protect
our forests’ future.
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the trust of the public. And that has been brought about by the
sort of quietness and secrecy they work under.
....We can’t reach the public
when we – government and industry – are not put-ting
enough intelligence and money into solid educational associations
and institutions that will attract young and old – but especially
young – to be respectful of forests as so many in Europe are.
....I have seen and continue to see
good forest associations and organizations scrape the floor for
nickels and dimes to exist on in order to impart some knowledge
of our forests to our youth.
....When do we wake up and realize
that we are moving into a new age, that will require new skills,
bright ideas, and bright idea people to keep our forest industry
competitive in the 2000 ADs?
....We need an army of young people
coming along who certainly won’t be foot loggers or green
....We need to impart to young people
the true values of parks and wilderness areas. Not the blind –
“don’t touch” –
but the intelligent process
of “thinning the carrots” principle that real gardeners
....We need to counter the ignorance
of those who refuse to see the full picture of forests and forestry
with common sense use of all forests.
....We need intensive research into
our so-called “allowable waste” ideas. We are laughed
at by those from other lands who come here and see the great slash
areas with too much fibre left on the ground.
....We need to show the media and get
their trust in our plans folr future forest endeavors. And we need
ideas yet unborn to find uses for the world renowned fibre that
the forests of Canada produce.
....One should remember that as jobs
decrease in the logging and milling sector of our industries due
to new technologies, jobs should increase in new secondary industries
that can be created from our forest fibre.
....We have been by nature careless
about the tending of our forests, careless about a soimple thing
like putting out campfires, and careless about our utilization.
yet to come should be taught
to appre-ciate their forests and to use them with common sense and
....We won’t instil that spirit
in anyone better than our young. For they can grow wirth a sound
forest appreciation if we do our teaching correctly.
....It’s a good time for forestry
people to reassess our future needs, for we are hopefully turning
the corner on some difficult times.
....Among those considerations a prior-ity
should be given to a far better opportunity for our youth –
and also our public – to be presented with new ways to understand
and respect Canada’s forests and her forestry programs.
....Let’s give the gang in 2000
AD a little more than space suits – let’s give them
something down to earth, like a good sound forest education from
kindergarten to college.
“Keep out of the bight!”
BRITISH COLUMBIA LUMBERMAN