Port Alberni city councillor Chris Alemany and his daughter

Environmentalists explain importance of old growth

The Watershed Forest Alliance and biologist Mike Stini took Port Alberni city councillor Chris Alemany and his family on a forest tour.

With logging in the Alberni Valley not showing any signs of slowing down, Jane Morden and Sarah Thomas of the Watershed Forest Alliance and local biologist Mike Stini spent several hours on Sunday, Feb. 15 showing Coun. Chris Alemany and his wife, Theresa, and kids, Jade and Josh, around the Cameron Firebreak.

While the area is not a part of the city’s watershed, the old growth and steep terrain make it similar to McLaughlin Ridge, a steep slope above China Creek. China Creek is Port Alberni and Beaver Creek’s main drinking water source, with current turbidity levels low enough that that the city is applying for a filtration waiver. According to city engineer Guy Cicon, current water conditions make him confident that the city will receive the waiver.

The WFA is concerned that if old growth in McLaughlin Ridge is logged, the natural filtration it provides will be lost.

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