Generic Letter on the Reduction of Forests in Canada

Wednesday, October 19, 1994

Bud Wildmen
Minister of Natural Resources, Canada
9th Floor, Room 6301, Whitney Block
99 Wellsley Street West
Toronto, Ontario
M7A 1W3


Dear Mr. Wildmen:

I, xxx, am a student at Northern Secondary School here in
Toronto. Being a citizen of Ontario, I have many concerns on mind with the
forestry industries in Canada.

In the December 28, 1987 issue of the Globe & Mail, an article, People
In B.C. Logging Town Fear Riches Running Out stated that in British
Columbia, MacMillan Bloedel Ltd. destroys twenty square kilometers of rain
forest every year in the Queen Charlotte Islands, and sells it for a
hundred million dollars. This logging company employs a third of the
island's work force of 1,500 people. This is just one company in Canada
which helps limiting our forests. There are many other corporations that
contribute in the mass enterprise. These corporations cause large clear
cuts in Canada today that would have been all forests some years ago.

It is well known that the decrements of the forests will leave us
without trees in the next few decades. It will also cause many wildlife
species to find a new environment to live and may cause climatical changes.
However, if we decide not to cut trees, our economy will suffer greatly due
to the many job losses. If we decide to continue with the cutting of
trees, our economy will still suffer in the near future--where all jobs
will still be lost because there will not be any trees to cut! Therefore,
both these decisions will leave us with an extreme upset.

Now, with new technological advancements, we have learned how to make
our forests grow forty percent faster with forest replantation. This may
help us to keep our forests living for a extended duration, but it does not
satisfy wildlife. Forest replantation actually gives off harmful chemicals
to other species and the killing of these species will alter our economy

We cannot terminate nor endorse the cutting of our forests. Our
alternative is to enhance the system of forest replantation. More money and
support should be put towards this method of saving our forests. We need
more studies to be done with this system to strengthen it and try ridding
it of its drawbacks.

Forest industries must be forced to financially assist and use the
forest replantation system. They must be able to afford the assistance
with all the money they have profited in previous years, but they are just
too selfish to do so. We should come upon a law in which every tree that
is cut down, at least two are replanted successfully so we may be able to
gain the large stock of forests which we had many years ago. This may slow
our economy down, but at least it will not destroy it--and there may be a
possibility (if everbody co-operatives) that we can gain the large forests
that we had many years ago.

There is much we can do, but all must be co-operative and willing. If
no such actions are taken seriously, I cannot imagine what our lives will
be like in the future.

Yours Truly,

Concerned Citizen