TERRY GORDON, RETIRED ECO-FORESTER: ‘My interest is to help Merv Wilkinson and Wildwood in any way that I can’

CHARTER MEMBER OF THE ECO FORESTRY INSTITUTE

SAYS THE LAND CONSERVANCY AND EFI BUREAUCRATS

HAVE SET BACK ECO-FORESTRY MANAGEMENT

TEN YEARS BEHIND MERV’S NORMAL SCHEDULE AT WILDWOOD

 

 

Terry Gordon & Merv Wilkinson

 

“How would you like your life’s work and renown to be bastardized by lying bureaucrats?” asks Terry Gordon, a retired eco-forester who was trained and worked with Merv Wilkinson at Wildwood and in eco-forestry workshops in Washington and Oregon.

“I grew up in Sooke and my family had a large business in salvage logging and manufacturing value-added cedar products.

“I am the eco-forester who was trained by Merv with the idea of assisting him in operating Wildwood as he got older,” says Mr. Gordon in recent email correspondence to the Editor of the CCC BLOG.

“I taught and gave Saturday tours at Wildwood when Merv was not available and I worked on one of his harvesting projects in the 90’s.

“I was a charter member of the Eco Forestry Institute (EFI) in Victoria and Portland, Oregon, and know of and about its history and the various personalities and politics.

“From this career, I am aware of ‘conservation’ groups – including The Land Conservancy (TLC) – their lack operational forestry knowledge and ability, and general tactics with landowners.

“My interest is to help Merv and Wildwood in any way that I can.”

‘A park is not a forest, and Wildwood is an operational forest.’

– Merv Wilkinson

 

“Hopefully, TLC can be exposed for what is has done, and not done, to Merv and his forest, and Wildwood returned to being an operational eco-forest.

“Let us remember that TLC and EFI executives are managers/bureaucrats, not operational forestry people.

“Many are trained and adept at ‘playing the system,’ but cannot distinguish a Grand fir tree from a Douglas fir, so to speak.

“Merv has told me what the specific problems presently are at Wildwood and the types of harvestings and management needed now and where; and how to prevent them in the future.

“Merv has told me that harvesting/eco-forestry management at Wildwood is 10 years behind his normal schedule; so naturally, there is a backlog of standing trees, which are suppressing natural regeneration of the Douglas fir.

“The natural regeneration ‘forest dynamic’ is the keystone of Merv’s eco-forestry ‘silvicultural system.’

“It is only because of natural regeneration, combined with sustainable harvesting, that the present amount of timber exists; natural regeneration is the cause, and via sustainable harvesting management, having more timber – and more diversity of timber types and ages – is the effect,” writes Mr. Gordon.

 

BRITISH COLUMBIA ENVIRONMENTAL NETWORK posts Merv’s ‘Report Card‘ on TLC/EFI’s disastrous management of Wildwood

 

Meanwhile, Andy Sinats, editor of ecobc.org, the British Columbia Environmental Network’s hot website, has just posted Merv Wilkinson’s damning ‘Report Card‘ on the ongoing disgraceful mismanagement of Wildwood by The Land Conservancy and the Eco Forestry Institute.

It makes for a tragic reading experience for all those like myself who understand the wider ramifications of this dereliction of duty by TLC/EFI, and the harm that this is doing to the whole of Mr. Wilkinson life work at Wildwood.

If eco-forestry as developed by Merv Wilkinson is not practiced properly at Wildwood, there is a very real danger of the movement toward truly sustainable logging being discredited as economically non- viable, thus the whole thing falling into the trap set by corporate logging interests, who have always maintained that the system could perhaps work in small-scale operations such as Wildwood, but is not feasible in larger ‘cut blocks.’

Merv Wilkinson acknowledges that some of Wildwood now has ‘park-like’ characteristics, but that is not ever what was going on there while he selectively logged the property, nor what he wants to happen there now.

TLC and EFI bureaucrats must surely understand the problem that they have created, and if they truly want to honour and sustain both the world-famous Wilkinson philosophy and actual ongoing selection forestry work at Wildwood, they must begin to arrange for a transfer of the land back to Merv Wilkinson so that he can repair the damage done by them to his silviculture system.

Outstanding mortgages for which he is not responsible should be paid off by TLC/EFI in their entirety before such a transfer happens.

I note with interest that TLC is moving its operations into the Ross Villa on Fairfield Road, an historic heritage house near Ross Bay Cemetery in Victoria.

An article in today’s Victoria News tells readers that TLC is throwing a party to celebrate ten years of restoration work there.

Apparently while that work was going on in Victoria, TLC was neglecting its contractual obligations to Merv Wilkinson at Wildwood.

While TLC bureaucrats may be very pleased with their new accommodations, donors should demand to know why Wildwood has been neglected.

[For links to Merv Wilkinson’s Wildwood ‘Report Card’ at ecobc.org, and to The Land Conservancy’s rebuttal article ‘The Facts about TLC’s Wildwood Ecoforest Site,’ please refer to the Comments section below. The latter article is an update of an article originally posted by TLC earlier in the summer when Judith Lavoie’s original story in the Times Colonist appeared. TLC has brought this old article out of the bottom drawer, so to speak, and put it on the front page of their website yesterday, August 26, 2010, apparently to counter our posting on Terry Gordon’s support for Merv Wilkinson. It contains comments by Merv’s daughter Tisha Wilkinson, and Ian Fawcett of TLC.]

 

Gregory Hartnell, Editor

CCC BLOG

Merv Wilkinson at Wildwood 1993

Photo courtesy of Andy Sinats

CCC TRANSCULTURAL CONSERVATION PROPAGANDA 1993 – 2010

 

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WILDERNESS COMMITTEE OPPOSES PROPOSED RAVEN COAL MINE: ‘From Comox Valley to Port Alberni, local citizens are standing up to this destructive project’

SAY “NO” TO RAVEN COAL

 

The proposed Raven Coal Mine project is currently in the public comment period for the Federal Environment Assessment Agency, and heading to the provincial Environmental Assessment process sometime in the fall.

The Environmental Assessment process is how the government determines whether or not a project is environmentally acceptable.

This is where you can help.

The Wilderness Committee is looking for people to help spread the word about the project and make sure people submit public comments.

We are looking for people to put up posters in their community, table at events, help call our membership and connect with local groups.

We also have flyers and other materials we can send to you to circulate in your community.

If you are interested in helping out, please contact Tria Donaldson at tria@wildernesscommittee.org

The environmental assessment can be a powerful tool to get together and raise our collective voices as citizens to say “no.”

Over the last few years projects like Raven Coal have been successfully opposed because people have stood up and made sure their concerns could not be ignored.

Together we can beat this destructive project before it starts.

From the Comox Valley to Port Alberni, local citizens are standing up to this destructive project.

Stand up with the people of those communities and say “No” to Raven Coal.

Sincerely

Tria Donaldson

Pacific Coast Campaigner

Wilderness Committee

For more info: please check out: wildernesscommittee.org/coal

 

 

WILLIAM VANDER ZALM’S ANTI-HST PETITION IS LEGAL ‘GREAT VICTORY FOR DEMOCRACY’: Supreme Court Justice Bauman quotes Gordo Campbell in describing FIGHT HST work

BILLY THE GARDENER FOR PREMIER!

Justice Robert Bauman, of the  Supreme Court of British Columbia, ruled this morning in the Vancouver Courthouse that ex-premier William Vander Zalm‘s FIGHT HST petition is valid, legal and ‘a great victory for democracy,’ quoting none other than the current ‘BC Liberal’ premier of the province, the hapless Gordo Campbell, who has been trying desperately to sell the hated sales tax to the people as somehow good for us.

All you Liberals thinking of voting for this tax in the legislature had better think twice.

If you vote for it, your days are numbered.

If you don’t vote for it, but stay in your seats as Liberals, you may still be subject to recall.

Either way, you Liberals are history.

The future of the province is in Billy the Gardener’s hands!

For a link to the Vancouver Sun’s telling of this historic victory, please refer to the Comments section below.

– Gregory Hartnell, Editor

CCC BLOG

BRIAN SIMMONS ON ESCALATING JOHNSON STREET BRIDGE REPAIR COSTS: ‘The last upgrade for refurbishment to $80 million was due to additions made due to Council’s desires, not the engineers.’

DELCAN STRUCTURAL, SYSTEM AND SEISMIC REVIEW

SAYS REPAIRS TO JOSEPH STRAUSS’ BRIDGE 

ARE A JUSTIFIABLE OPTION

 

Re: “The Blue Bridge: An engineer’s perspective,” August 14, 2010, Victoria Times Colonist

The writer’s perspective on the Johnson Street Bridge was interesting, but didn’t refer to any current assessment details and instead made assumptions based on the condition of other bridges he has seen during his career.

The conclusions, such as “from my experience with many other steel bridges, I believe that the structure has passed the point of economical repair and that conditions would be encountered which require greater time to repair than anticipated” are contradicted by the Delcan report on the bridge’s condition.

The bridge is rusty and in need of some TLC, but the most detailed assessment report states that it is worth the money spent to repair if we had chosen to go that way.

We should try to stick to the facts in cases like this.

After Delcan’s lengthy structural, system and seismic review, the report said:

“Based on the findings of this study either a repair or a replacement option could be justified from a cost perspective” and quoted a $24.7-million price on a refit of the bridge that would satisfy every reasonable building standard.

The last price upgrade for refurbishment to $80 million was due to additions made due to [Victoria City] Council’s desires, not the engineers.


Brian Simmons

Victoria

 

CCC BLOG reprint:

Victoria Times Colonist: timescolonist.com

Report says repairs a justifiable option

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Page A11


RADIATED BLACK TEETHED SHEEP OF XIHAI: ‘Chinese Los Alamos’ on Quinghai-Tibet Plateau still dangerous: Foreign tourists not welcome at secret Communist nuke test site

COMMUNIST PARTY OF CHINA’S

FIRST ATOMIC BOMB

DETONATED AT THE ‘ATOMIC CITY’

OCT. 16, 1964

 

‘What you are supposed to know,

never ask.

What you are not supposed to hear,

never listen to.

What you do hear,

never tell to others.

You cannot speak in public 

about what you  see and hear here.’

-Sign posted in the Ninth Academy 

 

An eye-opening look inside the secret locale of the Communist Party of China‘s evil nuclear bomb tests at Haiyan (Xihai), in Qinghai Province on the Quinhai-Tibet Plateau is featured on the front page of Toronto’s Globe and Mail, Saturday, August 14, 2010.

Renamed Xihai by the CPC, the Haiyan facility is also called the Ninth Academy, Qinghai Academy, Koko Nor Nuclear Weapons Centre and  Northwest Nuclear Weapons Designing Centre.

The story was picked up by the Dalai Lama‘s Tibetan envoy’s website.

The article is accompanied by a graph showing that China is now thought to have as many nuclear warheads as Israel (200).

For a link to the Dalai Lama’s Tibetan envoy’s site with a reprint of the Globe article, please refer to the Comments section below.

 

Gregory Hartnell

Concerned Citizens’ Coalition

VANDER ZALM WILL DELIVER ANTI-HST PETITIONS DIRECTLY TO THE LIBERALS

FORMER PREMIER THREATENS LEGAL ACTION

AGAINST LIBERAL-APPOINTED COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN

 

William Vander Zalm is not going to be denied.  

He will deliver the successful 700,000 signature petition that was deemed valid in his FIGHT HST campaign directly to the Liberal-appointed chairman of the legislative committee concerned, the same man who is stalling him with lame and bizarre excuses.

Should that man not accept the documents, the former premier will launch legal action against him.

Don’t mess with Bill, you bozos!

Gregory Hartnell

Concerned Citizens’ Coalition

FORTIN’S PHILISTINE COUNCIL VOTES TO TEAR DOWN HERITAGE BASCULE BRIDGE DESIGNED BY JOSEPH STRAUSS

SPENDTHRIFT VICTORIA CITY COUNCILLORS

VOTE TO BORROW HUGE AMOUNT TO REPLACE

JOHNSON STREET BRIDGE

Many of our worst fears were realized today when the Victoria City Council decided to tear down and replace the familiar funky Johnson Street bascule lift bridge that some affectionately call ‘Big Blue’ or the ‘Blue Bridge.’

[For a link to the City of Victoria’s telling of the dastardly deed, please refer to the comments section below.]

Gregory Paul Michael Hartnell, Editor

CCC BLOG