Older forests as
rare as sasquatches
PITT RIVER VALLEY Logging-truck driver Jack George talked about his sasquatch sighting
and the disappearing old-growth forests as he brought another 75 tonnes
of old-growth timber down a steep mountain road.
The mufflers blasted and the brakes whined as a worker just two years
away from retirement inched his truck around the hairpin curves.
Between gear shifts, George jabbed a finger towards the second-growth
forest in the previously logged Pitt River Valley below. The valley floor
on either side of the log-littered river looked like a lush green carpet.
George, 63, the local shop steward with the woodworkers union and
an employee of J.S. Jones Logging Ltd, said that most people dont
realize how fast trees grow back after clearcutting.
The trouble is, the average age of the trees in the valley is 60 years
and they wouldnt normally be harvested for another three or four
decades. So the logging company wants to go into other publicly owned
forests in adjacent valleys. But never-logged watersheds near the Lower
Mainland are becoming as elusive as the sasquatch, a legendary man-like
animal that is supposed to live deep in the wilderness.
The past summer, during the last truck run of the day, George saw some
kind of black-haired beast walking on two legs. Black bears dont
normally walk like that, he noted.
Im not saying it was a sasquatch, but this creature was over
six feet tall, he said.
Article courtesy Ken
Kristian September 5, 2002
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